||<p>The summary of the responses to the consultation on the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing
and Recognition of Sentience) Bill, including the government's next steps, was published
on 7 August 2018 at the following link:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-animal-welfare-sentencing-and-recognition-of-sentience-bill-2017"
</p><p>I have placed a copy in the Library of the House. Legislation will be introduced
as soon as parliamentary time allows.</p>