HC Deb 24 March 1892 vol 2 cc1663-4
SIR J. SWINBURNE (Staffordshire, Lichfield)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, with regard to the recent tragedy which ended fatally at Hadnesford, he will take steps to prevent in the future exhibitions of a like nature, more particularly with regard to so-called lion tamers entering cages containing wild and dangerous animals?


I have no power by law to interfere with wild beast shows or dangerous exhibitions.


I should like to ask the right hon. Gentleman whether, owing to the very great dissatisfaction that prevails respecting exhibitions of this kind, he will not advise the Government to take proper steps to alter the law.


I am not aware of any steps, proper or improper, the Government could take that would not be attended with difficulty.