For many, gambling can be entertaining, but I recognise that it can also become a serious problem. In the new digital landscape, work is needed to get the balance right between protecting consumer freedoms and protecting people from harm.
The events we have seen unfolding in Israel are truly horrific. I join the UK Government in utterly condemning the appalling attacks perpetrated by Hamas, standing resolutely with Israel in defending itself against terror and highlighting the need to act in accordance with international humanitar
My ministerial colleagues and I take the welfare of all animals very seriously. As outlined in the Action Plan for Animal Welfare, the Government is committed to strengthening welfare standards and is examining the use of cages for laying hens and the use of farrowing crates for pigs.
I am assured that animals are protected under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. This Act requires those in charge of animals to protect them from harm and to ensure their key welfare needs are provided for.
I take this issue very seriously and I know that my colleagues in the Equalities Office remain committed to tackling conversion therapy in the UK. I am absolutely clear that this practice has no place in civilised society.