Part of Petition – in the House of Commons at 11:18 pm on 28th April 1987.

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Photo of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton Lord James Douglas-Hamilton , Edinburgh West 11:18 pm, 28th April 1987

I beg to present a petition for a worldwide limit on the number of whales being killed to prevent them from becoming extinct.

The petition comes from nine and 10-year-old schoolchildren of Davidson's Mains primary school and it is the petition of Michael Williams on behalf of the school. It has been signed by 240 schoolchildren.

They are horrified by the brutality associated with commercial whaling and feel that the present protection afforded to whales does not yet go far enough.

This is a commendable cause, and I am sending copies of the petition to the ambassadors of Japan, the Soviet Union and Norway, so that they may give it serious consideration.

I am glad to be associated with this enlightened conservationist campaign, which I wish every success.