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Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:59 pm on 1st December 1999.

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Photo of Lord Beaumont of Whitley Lord Beaumont of Whitley Green 5:59 pm, 1st December 1999

My Lords, I too thank the noble Earl, Lord Ferrers, for introducing this debate. I believe that his speech deployed the maximum amount of reasonably good jokes to conceal the maximum amount of rather bad argument. I take the example of trying to put the rather cruel farming of mink for their fur on a par with the use of leather for our shoes from animals which almost certainly had to die anyway.