HC Deb 21 March 1912 vol 35 cc2064-5

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give the cost of the Commission on Vivisection; and whether he will consider the advisability, in future Reports, of abstracts of evidence giving the substance only instead of verbatim reports of question and answer being printed, and of the whole being done up in octavo size and book form?


The expenditure has amounted to about £5,674. I fear that mere abstracts of the evidence would not have satisfied the persons and societies who are keenly interested in the subject of vivisection. The question of printing reports is mainly one for the Stationery Office; but I may point out that the number of volumes would be greatly increased if the use of the existing double-columned foolscap page were discontinued.


In regard to this and other equally voluminous Reports, would it not be an advantage to have a much shorter Report in a more literary style corresponding to what the French call a rapport?