WQ87315 (e) Tabled on 31/01/2023

Will the Minster provide an update on the progression of the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill in Westminster, and what work the Welsh Government is doing to support the progression of this piece of legislation?

Answered by Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd | Answered on 10/02/2023

The Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill remains a priority and we await a report stage date from UK Government. My officials continue to meet regularly with DEFRA and the Devolved Governments and I have laid Legislative Consent Memorandums for all clauses contained in the Bill in the Senedd.

I have recently written to Lord Benyon Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to express my concern over the Bill’s stalled progress and to request that it is prioritised, having raised it at the recent DEFRA IMG meeting.