HC Deb 24 May 1875 vol 224 c794

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether the Government intend to advise Her Majesty to appoint a Royal Commission to inquire into the subject of Vivisection with a view to legislation?


, in reply, said, that there were at present two Bills before Parliament relating to the subject involved in the Question. It was a subject about which considerable anxiety was felt and as to which he ventured to say that very little was known by a great many Members of that House. Therefore, it was the intention of the Government to issue a small Royal Commission to make inquiries into that matter, in order that they might have full information before they attempted to legislate on the subject. Under those circumstances he would suggest that the right hon. Gentleman opposite should allow his Bill to stand over until the inquiry was completed.


said, that, after the announcement just made by the Home Secretary, he would move on Friday that the Order for the Second Reading of the Bill he had introduced be discharged.