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Volume 79: debated on Friday 17 May 1985

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Animal Experiments

9.35 am

I have the honour to present a petition containing more than 500,000 signatures of United Kingdom residents who oppose the use of the LD50 test on animals. The signatures have been collected nationwide and indicate the strength of feeling against that barbaric, obnoxious and, above all, unnecessary test.

The LD50 test is an acute toxicity test and is administerd without pain relief. The purpose of the lethal dose 50 test is to determine the level needed to kill 50 per cent. of the animals in any test, and the animals suffer greatly.

I am pleased to associate myself with the petition.

To lie upon the Table.


I have the honour to present a petition on behalf of the Highland region branch of the National and Local Government Officers Association. That branch has carefully considered the White Paper on buses and the Transport Bill, and its considered view is that legislation based on those is highly undesirable; that concessionary fares for the elderly, the disabled and others in special need could disappear; that the strict safety standards needed for public service vehicles would not be upheld; that continuity, reliability and stability of services would end; that there would be particular problems for persons in rural areas; that poor services would be left, they would no longer link and they would become less frequent.

The petition concludes:
Wherefore your petitioners pray that your honourable House reject any legislation to implement the proposals of the White Paper on Buses and the Transport Bill.
And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray etc.

To lie upon the Table.