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Cruelty To Wild Animals (Committee)

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 2 June 1949

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(By Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he can now make an announcement about the composition of the Committee of Inquiry on Cruelty to Wild Animals.

Yes, Sir. The members of the Committee, over which Mr. John Scott Henderson, K.C., will preside, are:

  • Mr. Charles W. Brandon, J.P.
  • Mr. W. J. Brown.
  • Mr. John Cripps.
  • Professor P. B. Medawar, M.A., D.Sc.
  • Mr. H. Burn Murdoch, LL.D.
  • Miss Frances Pitt, J.P.
  • Major L. F. Pugh, B.Sc., F.R.C.V.S.
The Secretary of the Committee will be Mr. E. R. Cowlyn, to whom communications regarding its work should be addressed at the Home Office.

Can the right hon. Gentleman give further details of the qualifications of the members of this Committee?

Mr. Brandon is Area Secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union, and especially qualified to speak on the views of the rural workers. Mr. W. J. Brown is a barrister and a well-known contributor to "The Field," Mr. Cripps is Editor of "The Countryman," Professor Medawar is professor of zoology at Birmingham. Mr. Burn Murdoch was lately Sheriff Substitute of Stirling, Miss Pitt is a naturalist and writes a popular feature article in the "Evening News," an article which sometimes very well expresses a normal person's attitude towards this kind of thing, and Major L. F. Pugh is a veterinary surgeon.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that Mr. Brandon, apart from being an organiser of the Transport and General Workers' Union, is also a farmer?