Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons am 10:42 am ar 22 Mawrth 2024.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Ceidwadwyr, Christchurch 10:42, 22 Mawrth 2024

It is a pity that in a debate that should be about facts, Clive Efford has allowed his prejudices to come to the fore. I do not think that helps his cause—indeed, my hon. Friend Sir Bill Wiggin and I agreed that it shows that we are winning the argument, because the hon. Gentleman and some of his colleagues are having to resort to smearing Members of the other place. Those Members tabled perfectly reasonable amendments; the problem was that they ran out of time for discussion.

The previous Bill was amended in this place. That was only because my hon. Friend the Member for North Herefordshire and I tabled a large number of amendments, which put pressure on the promoter of the Bill, my hon. Friend Henry Smith, and the Government to accept some of those amendments. One of the amendments was to add what is now clause 4 of the Bill, and another was to remove from the Bill a Henry VIII clause allowing the subject matter to which the Bill would apply to be extended by statutory instrument without any proper consultation. This Bill is a better Bill than the one that was first introduced into this place by my hon. Friend the Member for Crawley, but it is still very defective. Certainly, I think it would be a much better Bill if the amendments suggested by my hon. Friend the Member for North Herefordshire in his excellent speech were to be incorporated into its text.