§ 27. Sir Knox Cunningham
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will now introduce legislation to implement the recommendations of the Littlewood Committee.
§ 14. Miss Quennell
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in view of the lack of action in connection with the Littlewood Report, if he will now introduce legislation to implement the Report's recommendations.
§ 28. Mr. Goodhew
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will now take steps to implement the recommendations of the Littlewood Committee on Experiments on Animals.
§ 29. Mr. St. John-Stevas
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will introduce legislation to implement the recommendations of the Littlewood Committee.
§ 30. Sir F. Bennett
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will now introduce legislation to implement the recommendations of the Littlewood Committee on experiments on animals.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
I am not in a position to add to the reply given on 7th November to a Question on this subject by the hon. Member for Bodmin (Mr. Bessell.—[Vol. 772, c. 138.]
§ Sir Knox Cunningham
Why are the Government dragging their feet with regard to implementing the recommendations of this Committee? How can they be satisfied with the present conditions?
§ Mr. Rees
It is not a question of dragging feet. Since the receipt of the Report a large number of organisations have had to be consulted. There are also wider aspects involved in this Report. As the last legislation was nearly 100 years ago, it is important to try to secure that any legislation arising on this Report is capable of lasting for another 100 years.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
Does not the hon. Gentleman realise that there are millions of animal lovers throughout the country who want speedy implementation of this Report, many of them in my constituency? Will he find time for legislation by persuading his colleagues in the Government to drop some of their more pernicious proposals, such as the proposal for the reform of the House of Lords and facilitating the passage of the equally pernicious Divorce Reform Bill?
§ Mr. Goodhew
Is not the Minister aware that there is grave concern and strong feelings about this matter? The Report has been lying on the table a long time. As the Government are finding time for all sorts of Measures, even in the middle of the night—or perhaps we shall have them in the morning; we do not know—cannot they find time for this?
§ Mr. Whitaker
Can I add all-party support to my constituent the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Mr. St. John-Stevas)? Does not my hon. Friend feel that public men may in future be very reluctant to give up their time to sitting on public committees if years pass before non-controversial findings are implemented?
§ Sir Knox Cunningham
Owing to the unsatisfactory nature of those replies, I will raise the matter again.