VR54 – MR from the DCMS, Response on the Motion on Use of the Whip in Horse Racing.

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R54 – Department for Culture, Media and Sport Secretary of State ,Response on the Motion on Use of the Whip in Horse Racing


Response on the Motion on Use of the Whip in Horse Racing


Mr Speaker,

The House has expressed its concern about the use of the whip in horse racing and wishes me to respond. I have therefore written to the British Horseracing Authority expressing the views of the House as detailed in the motion. I have made four suggestions for amending the rules governing the use of the whip, and asked them to respond, though these four ideas are not exhaustive.

1. Reduction in the number of times the whip can be used in a race.
2. A ban on the use of the whip in the final furlong (closing stages).
3. Disciplinary sanctions be extended to the trainers of horses, given the link between trainer and rider.
4. A period of time where the horse who has been excessively whipped or otherwise whipped during a race, before they can race again.

I await a response from the British Horseracing Authority. It is my view that I would prefer changes to be made by them, rather than have to impose them by legislation
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Nay I oppose this rule. We shouldn't be whipping horses at all regardless (only if they pose threat should we be hitting them).
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Aye & I thank the Secretary of State (barnetlad) for this statement and his proposals.
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I cannot see that my voting on this statement is indicative of any action, you have written to them as is your prerogative in government - I am unsure why you require me to vote on it?
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Nay from me!
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(Original post by Paracosm)
I cannot see that my voting on this statement is indicative of any action, you have written to them as is your prerogative in government - I am unsure why you require me to vote on it?
MRs are put to a vote if the Prime Minister, the minister who proposed it, or the Leader of the Opposition request it to be - in this instance, I don't think it was the DCMS who asked for it!

To this end, Baron of Sealand may be able to offer further insight on the vote :holmes:
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(Original post by shadowdweller)
MRs are put to a vote if the Prime Minister, the minister who proposed it, or the Leader of the Opposition request it to be - in this instance, I don't think it was the DCMS who asked for it!

To this end, Baron of Sealand may be able to offer further insight on the vote :holmes:
The Leader of the Opposition wanted a vote and I was happy for this to happen.
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I thank the House for their support.
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Order, order!

The Ayes to the right: 24
the Noes to the left: 9
Abstains: 13

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