Opening a 30-minute Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons on 11 March 1998, Mr Norman Baker (Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes, and Hon. Treasurer of the newly re-formed All Party Parliamentary FRAME Group) asked whether the Government would set a target to reduce the number of animal experiments that will be carried out during the lifetime of the current Parliament (i.e. up to May 2002), and give an absolute guarantee that fewer experiments will be carried out each year at the end of it than at present.1 Unfortunately, when he asked the Home Office Minister for a yes or no answer at the end of the debate, the Deputy Speaker intervened to stop the discussion, in compliance with the rules of the House and since the time allowed had run out, so no categorical reply was received.
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