Pet Abduction Bill 2023-24


create offences of dog abduction and cat abduction and to confer a power to make corresponding provision relating to the abduction of other animals commonly kept as pets.

Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)

What is this Bill?

The Pet Abduction Bill is a Ballot Bill tabled by Anna Firth.

Is this Bill currently before Parliament?

Yes. This Bill was introduced on 06 December 2023 and is currently before Parliament.

Whose idea is this Bill?

As a Private Members' Bill, this Bill represents the individual initiative of an MP (Anna Firth), not the Government.

What type of Bill is this?

20 Ballot Bills places are awarded by lottery to backbench MP's at the start of each Session. These Bills receive precedence for debate in the Commons and a handful will succeed in becoming enacted into law.

The higher chance of success means MPs who win a ballot slot are frequently lobbied by groups wishing to have legislation tabled on their behalf, but the choice of bill ultimately remains with the MP.

So is this going to become a law?

Historically, between 3 and 13 of the 20 Ballot Bills have succeeded in becoming enacted into law. Therefore, provided this bill is sufficiently high in the Ballot and the Government has no means to object to the bill, it has the greatest chance of PMBs to be enacted into law.

How can I find out exactly what this Bill does?

The most straightforward information is contained in the initial Explanatory Notes for the Bill.

Would you like to know more?

See these Glossary articles for more information: Ballot Bill, Private Members Bill, Process of a Bill

Sponsor: Anna Firth (Con)

Official Bill Page Initial Explanatory Notes Initial Briefing papers Ministerial Extracts from Debates All Bill Debates

Next Event: Friday 19th April 2024 - Report stage
Order Paper number: 1
(Certain to be Debated)

Last Event: Wednesday 31st January 2024 - Committee stage (Commons)

Bill Progession through Parliament

Commons - 60%

Latest Key documents

Bill Debate
31/01/2024
Briefing paper
17/01/2024
Explanatory Note
12/01/2024

Timeline of Bill Documents and Stages

19th April 2024
Report stage (Commons)
26th February 2024
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 26 February 2024
22nd February 2024
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 22 February 2024
1st February 2024
Bill
Bill 159 2023-24 (as amended in Public Bill Committee)
1st February 2024
Bill
Bill 159 2023-24 (as amended in Public Bill Committee) - XML version
31st January 2024
Committee stage (Commons)
31st January 2024
Amendment Paper
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 31 January 2024
31st January 2024
Bill proceedings: Commons
Public Bill Committee Proceedings as at 31 January 2024
30th January 2024
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 30 January 2024
30th January 2024
Selection of amendments: Commons
Chair’s provisional selection and grouping of amendments in Committee - 31 January 2024
26th January 2024
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 26 January 2024
24th January 2024
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 24 January 2024
23rd January 2024
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 23 January 2024
19th January 2024
2nd reading (Commons)
17th January 2024
Briefing papers
Research Briefing on the Bill
15th January 2024
Delegated Powers Memorandum
Memorandum from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs to the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
12th January 2024
Bill
Bill 026 2023-24 (as introduced)
12th January 2024
Bill
Bill 026 2023-24 (as introduced) - xml download
12th January 2024
Explanatory Notes
Bill 026 EN 2023-24
6th December 2023
1st reading (Commons)