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Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the general principles of the Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill (‘the Bill’). Further details about the Bill can be found on the Committee’s Bill page.

Consultation: Terms of reference

To consider-

  • the general principles of the Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill and whether there is a need for legislation to deliver the Bill’s stated policy objectives
  • the provisions of the Bill, in particular, in relation to:

(i)            the prohibition of using wild animals in travelling circuses (including the meanings set out in sections 2 to 4);

(ii)          the powers of enforcement (the Schedule); and

(iii)         the amendments relating to licensing of circuses (section 8);

·         whether there are any unintended consequences arising from the Bill;

·         the financial implications of the Bill (as set out in Part 2, Section 8 of the Explanatory Memorandum);

·         the appropriateness of the powers in the Bill for Welsh Ministers to make subordinate legislation (as set out in Part 1, Section 5 of the Explanatory Memorandum).

The deadline for submissions is 23 August 2019.

For clarity, there is no designated form for submissions. For those who would like to submit their response electronically, please send your submission in the body of an e-mail or as an attachment to

For those who would like to submit their views in hard copy, letters can be addressed as follows: Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee, National Assembly for Wales, Ty Hywel, Cardiff Bay, CF99 1NA.


Providing Written Evidence

The National Assembly for Wales has two official languages, Welsh and English.

In line with the Assembly’s Official Languages Scheme, the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in National Assembly proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.

We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.

Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.


Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

Invitation to contribute to the inquiry


The Committee welcomes evidence on the terms of reference and also on how any aspects of the Bill could be improved.


Submissions should arrive by 23 August 2019.


If you wish to submit evidence, please send an electronic copy of your submission to:


Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Pierhead Street
CF99 1NA

Telephone: 0300 200 6565



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