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Sport: Greyhound Racing

Volume 697: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What action they propose in response to the report by Lord Donoughue concerning greyhound racing. [HL744]

I welcome the independent review of the greyhound racing industry, chaired by Lord Donoughue. We will consider fully the appropriate recommendations of the report when we draft any regulations.

Ministers will also consider the greyhound racing industry's response to the review, which I hope will be positive and swift. The Government have made it clear to the industry that a lot needs to be done to get its house in order to help improve welfare standards for the dogs used in racing.

There will be a public consultation on our proposals for greyhound racing before approval by Parliament. We intend to give this matter our priority, although the timing of the consultation will be dependent on the response of the industry to the recommendations made by the Donoughue inquiry.