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Victoria Prentis

Conservative - Banbury

First elected: 7th May 2015

Attorney General

(since October 2022)

Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
7th Sep 2022 - 25th Oct 2022
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Sep 2021 - 7th Sep 2022
Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill
6th Jul 2022 - 7th Jul 2022
Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill
3rd Nov 2021 - 18th Nov 2021
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Feb 2020 - 16th Sep 2021
Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art
28th Jan 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Justice Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)
2nd Nov 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)
2nd Nov 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Justice Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017


Department Event
Thursday 14th March 2024
10:10
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Oral questions - Main Chamber
14 Mar 2024, 10:10 a.m.
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Department Event
Thursday 9th May 2024
10:10
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Oral questions - Main Chamber
9 May 2024, 10:10 a.m.
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Division Votes
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 279 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 226 Noes - 287
Speeches
Thursday 22nd February 2024
Serious Fraud Office: Contingencies Fund Advance
I would like to inform the House that a cash advance from the Contingencies Fund has been sought for the …
Written Answers
Friday 15th March 2019
Prisoners' Release
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) resettlement day …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Tuesday 25th October 2016
National Health Service Provision (Local Consultation) Bill 2016-17
A bill to make provision about mandatory local consultation in relation to changes in services proposed by NHS Trusts and …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 16th October 2023
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: David Richards CBE
Address of donor: private
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 16th July 2019
Flexible Working Bill 2017-19
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Victoria Prentis has voted in 900 divisions, and 1 time against the majority of their Party.

7 Mar 2023 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Victoria Prentis voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 107 Conservative Aye votes vs 109 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 116 Noes - 299
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Daniel Zeichner (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
(185 debate interactions)
Luke Pollard (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (Defence)
(105 debate interactions)
Stephanie Peacock (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
(82 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Attorney General
(38 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(6 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(5 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Fisheries Act 2020
(44,948 words contributed)
Agriculture Act 2020
(35,080 words contributed)
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Banbury Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petition Debates Contributed

Every year across the UK, millions of farmed animals are kept in cages, unable to express their natural behaviours and experiencing huge suffering. These inhumane systems cannot be the future of British farming. The UK Government must legislate to ‘End the Cage Age’ for all farmed animals.

Breed Specific Legislation fails to achieve what Parliament intended, to protect the public. It focuses on specific breeds, which fails to appreciate a dog is not aggressive purely on the basis of its breed. It allows seizure of other breeds, but the rules are not applied homogeneously by councils.

Many missing microchipped pets are never reunited as it’s optional to scan & check microchip registration. It’s time veterinary professionals, authorities and rescues checked pet & keeper match on the original database at a pets 1st consultation or yearly checkup. It’s their only chance to get home

A healthy young dog with RBU was euthanised. The person who requested euthanasia was not the registered keeper.

Now that we have left the EU, the UK has the ability to finally stop the importation of Shark Fins. They had previously stated that 'Whilst in the EU, it is not possible to unilaterally ban the import of shark fins into the UK.'

Plenty of dogs from UK breeders & rescues need homes. Transporting young pups long distances is often stressful, before being sold for ridiculous prices to unsuspecting dog-lovers. Government must adjust current laws, ban this unethical activity on welfare grounds & protect these poor animals ASAP.

Leading veterinary and welfare bodies are concerned by the alarming rise in ear-cropped dogs in the UK. Ear cropping is illegal in the UK and an unnecessary, painful mutilation with no welfare benefit. The practice involves cutting off part of the ear flap, often without anaesthesia or pain relief.

We propose to amend the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to make pet theft a specific offence, distinct from that of inanimate objects; and in sentencing, the courts must consider the fear, alarm or distress to the pet and owners and not monetary value.

Pet Theft Reform 2020: Revise the sentencing guidelines in the Theft Act 1968 to reclassify pet theft as a specific crime. Ensure that monetary value is irrelevant for the categorisation of dog and cat theft crime for sentencing purposes. Recognise pet theft as a category 2 offence or above.

EU law recognises animals as sentient beings, aware of their feelings and emotions. Animals are at risk of losing these vital legal protections, post-Brexit. We want a BetterDealForAnimals: a law that creates a duty for all Ministers in the UK to fully regard animal welfare in policy making.

Across the UK, millions of farmed animals are kept in cages, unable to express their natural behaviours. This causes huge suffering.

We call on the UK government to end this inhumane practice by banning all cages for farmed animals. Cages are cruel.


Latest EDMs signed by Victoria Prentis

Victoria Prentis has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Victoria Prentis, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Victoria Prentis has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Victoria Prentis has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Victoria Prentis


A bill to make provision about mandatory local consultation in relation to changes in services proposed by NHS Trusts and healthcare commissioning authorities; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 25th October 2016
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Victoria Prentis has not asked any Written Questions in the current parliament