Is my right hon. Friend aware that many of us, on this side of the House at least, who have supported various liberal measures in relation to human beings would dearly like to come to a decision on at least one matter involving animal welfare? Is there any logic in society banning cockfighting and bull-baiting yet allowing stag hunting and live hare coursing?
Would my right hon. Friend not agree that the vast majority of people in the country, and hon. Members, are in favour of the abolition of this so-called sport? Would not the Government use their own means of overcoming the methods by which people are using the procedures of the House to hold up Bills of this kind?
I should think that practically all civilised people are against hare coursing. We must see what is the outcome of the intention, notified by one of my hon. Friends, to introduce a Bill on this question.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that in the last two or three weeks the League against Cruel Sports has received well over 150,000 letters in support of the Bill which my hon. Friend the Member for Ilford, South (Mr. Arnold Shaw) is to introduce? Is it not time, despite the Government's attitude of neutrality, for them at least to give time to ensure that there can be a vote in the House, so that the full democratic process shall be carried out?