My Ministerial colleagues and I share your high regard for animal welfare, and I am glad that the Government has set out a series of ambition reforms as outlined in the Action Plan for Animal Welfare. I am also encouraged that since 2010, the Department has achieved many changes regarding improving animal welfare.
The Elections Act will improve the accountability of the Electoral Commission by making provision for a Strategy and Policy Statement to be introduced. I fully support this measure as I believe that making the Electoral Commission more accountable will strengthen the integrity of the electoral process and help prevent fraud.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the greatest challenges to the established international order in recent times. As such, the Prime Minister has suggested that the international community should commit to producing a new international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response.