§ Mr. Ede
Yes, Sir. The terms of reference will be as follow:
I am glad to announce that Mr. John Scott Henderson, K.C., has accepted the invitation of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and myself to be Chairman of the Committee. I regret that I am not yet in a position to announce the names of the other members of the Committee.
- (1) to inquire into practices or activities which may involve cruelty to British wild mammals, whether at large or in captivity, including anything occurring in the pursuit or capture of such animals for purposes of sport or food, or done to control their numbers or to destroy them, but excluding anything done in the course of an experiment lawfully performed under any Act of Parliament, or lawfully done in the exercise of statutory powers of control or destruction, and anything occurring in the course of the destruction, or preparation for destruction, for food for mankind, of any such animal which is in captivity; and
- (2) to make recommendations as to such legislative measures as may seem to them desirable in relation to the practices and activities into which they have enquired.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
May I also say that I hope the right hon. Gentleman realises that this point of view is shared by hon. Members in all sections of the House who desire to see the abolition of cruelty to animals? May I also ask whether there is any question of the right hon. Gentleman extending the terms of reference to cover other than mammals?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore
Is it too late to reinforce the penultimate part of my right hon. Friend's Question, and ask that the terms of reference should be altered, even now, to include all animals and not merely wild animals?
§ Mrs. Leah Manning
While finding the terms of reference generally satisfactory, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether, among those exclusions, he includes animals brought to this country for experimental purposes—for war purposes?
§ Mr. Keeling
Does the word "British" cover Great Britain, the whole of the United Kingdom, the British Colonies also, or what?
May I ask the Secretary of State if the term "wild animals" would include the tame carted stag? May I have an answer?