HC Deb 29 June 1972 vol 839 cc1650-1
18. Mr. William Price

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will seek powers to ban the use of animals in television advertising.

Mr. Lane

No, Sir.

Mr. Price

How would the Minister like to be one of the Brooke-Bond television monkeys?

Mrs. Doris Fisher

He is.

Mr. Price

How would he like to be dressed in a strange uniform, made to rehearse for weeks on end and then stuck in a colour television studio for long periods and made to perform unnatural acts? How—

Mr. Speaker

Order. The hon. Member has gone quite far enough. The Minister has enough to answer.

Mr. Lane

I know the hon. Member's great concern about animal welfare, and if he would like to meet me to discuss this I will be pleased to do so. Meantime I have no evidence that existing legislation is inadequate to prevent possible abuse in situations like this. The hon. Gentleman is proposing a total ban and I do not think we want to use a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

Mr. Mudd

Would my hon. Friend accept that many of us who derive a great deal of pleasure, amusement and enjoyment from these advertisements welcome that reply as it will do nothing to dispel the delightful day when the lugubrious Henry will desert his bowl of meat and begin to devour Mr. Clement Freud?

Mr. Lane

It is very good to have the other side of the argument put so well.