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Lords to vote on Hunting Bill

The House of Lords is to debate the committee stage of the Hunting Bill today, Monday 26 March.

Peers are set to vote three times on the legislation: once after taking out the clauses which ban hunting, again after inserting an amendment proposing a system of self-regulation, and, finally, after these latter amendments have been replaced with strict licensing laws.

Members of the House are expected, by both hunt supporters and welfare groups, to vote against a total ban.

The fact that the issue is being addressed during the foot-and-mouth epidemic has outraged many.

Labour peer Baroness Mallalieu said: “It’s almost obscene that while there is a national emergency involving all those who live in the country, that we in the Lords are going to be spending many hours again tonight debating this matter.”

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