Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill — New Clause 1 — Duty to Prepare an Animal Sentience Strategy — 14 Mar 2022 at 21:15
The majority of MPs voted not to require an Animal Sentience Strategy to be prepared and not to require an annual report to Parliament on progress relating to it.
The proposed new clause rejected by a majority of MPs in this vote was titled: Duty to prepare an Animal Sentience Strategy and stated:
- (1) The Secretary of State must prepare an Animal Sentience Strategy.
- (2) The Strategy under paragraph (1) must set out how Her Majesty’s Government plans to have regard to animal sentience including plans to—
- (a) respond to Animal Sentience Committee reports,
- (b) require animal welfare impact assessments, and
- (c) commission independent research.
- (3) The Strategy must set out policies that the Secretary of State may invite the Animal Sentience Committee to review.
- (4) The Secretary of State must publish an annual statement on progress on the Animal Sentience Strategy.
- (5) An annual statement under subsection (4) must include a summary of changes in policy or implementation that have occurred in response to an Animal Sentience Committee report over the last 12 months.
- (6) A Minister of the Crown must make a motion in each House of Parliament in relation to the annual statement.
- (7) The Secretary of State must publish an updated Animal Sentience Strategy at the start of each parliament.
The rejected new clause was accompanied by the following explanatory statement from its proposer:
- This new clause would place a duty on the Secretary of State to produce an animal sentience strategy, and to provide an annual update to Parliament on progress against it.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill, Parliament.uk
-  Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill, as amended in Committee 10 February 2022, Parliament.uk
-  Explanatory notes to the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill, 14 December 2021, Parliament.uk
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||284 (+2 tell)||1||0||79.3%|
|Lab||0||159 (+2 tell)||0||80.5%|
|Henry Smith||Crawley||Con (front bench)||aye|