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Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill

A Welsh Government Bill, introduced by Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs. The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee.

 

About the Bill

 

The policy objective of the Bill is to prohibit the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales.

 

The Bill seeks to make it an offence for a wild animal (as defined in the Bill) to be used in a travelling circus. A wild animal is used if the animal performs or is exhibited. The offence would be committed by the person who is the operator (as defined in the Bill) of the travelling circus if they use, or cause or permit another person to use a wild animal in the travelling circus. A person guilty of such an offence is liable on summary conviction to a fine.

 

The Bill will not affect the use of domesticated animals in travelling circuses, nor will it prevent wild animals being used for entertainment in other settings, including static circuses.

 

Further detail about the Bill can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum.

 

Current Stage

The Bill is currently at Stage 1. An explanation of the various stages of Assembly Bills is available in the Guide to the Stages of Public Bills and Acts.

 

Record of Passage in the National Assembly for Wales

The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Bill’s passage through the National Assembly for Wales.

 

Stage

Documents

Bill introduced: 8 July 2019

Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill, as introduced

 

Explanatory Memorandum

 

Presiding Officer’s Statement: 8 July 2019

 

Letter to the Chair of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee - Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill - Statement of Policy Intent   PDF 259 KB

 

Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill - Statement of Policy Intent   PDF 177 KB

 

Stage 1: Committee considerations of general principles

The Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee will consider its approach to Stage 1 consideration on 10 July 2019.

 

The Committee has issued an open call for evidence on the Bill.

 

The consultation has now closed.

 

 

Committee dates

The Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

 

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

10 July 2019

Consideration of Approach to Stage 1 Scrutiny (Private)

Private

Private

18 July 2019

Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs

18 July 2019 transcript

View the meeting of 18 July 2019

18 September 2019

Oral evidence session

 

View the meeting of 18 September 2019

26 September 2019

Oral evidence session

 

 

2 October 2019

Oral evidence session

 

 

10 October 2019

Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs

 

 

 

The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

 

The Finance Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

 

 

Stage 1: Debate in Plenary on general principles

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Financial Resolution

In accordance with Standing Order 26.68 the Presiding Officer must decide whether a financial resolution is required for this Bill. Further information about financial resolutions is available in section 3 of the Guide to the scrutiny stages for Public Bills.

Stage 2: Committee consideration of amendments

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Stage 3: Plenary consideration of amendments

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Stage 4: Passing of the Bill in Plenary

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Post-stage 4

This Stage has not yet been reached.

 

Contact information

Clerk: Elizabeth Wilkinson

Phone: 0300 200 6361

 

Postal address:

National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff     CF99 1NA

 

Email: SeneddCCERA@Assembly.Wales

 

Business type: Bill

Status: Complete

First published: 08/07/2019

Documents

Consultations

 

 

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