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Orders of the Day — Judicial Proceedings (Regulation of Reports) Bill. (16 Apr 1926)

Sir Frank Meyer: ...end of the wedge, and if you are going to suppress the details of divorce cases, you must also suppress the details of all cases connected with crime and murder and other offences. That is the only logical sentience to passing a Bill of this kind. The Home Secretary drew a sharp distinction between the two cases, because he said in one case it was a matter between private individuals in...

Orders of the Day — Clause 47: Amendments as to Summary Trial for Naval Offences (13 May 1971)

Lieut-Colonel Dick Crawshaw: ...months' sentence of imprisonment is not sufficient, and may have in mind a sentence of, say, 12 months. But the magistrates cannot give such a sentence and must send the man to a higher court, which may pass a sentience of two or three years' imprisonment. In the magistrates' court, however, the man would probably have got away with 12 months. I am not saying that this sort of thing would...

Abortion (Amendment) Bill (22 Jan 1988)

Mr David Alton: ...well. Every country and every age will be judged by the simple test: how did they treat their people? By 18 weeks, a foetus is not just a clump of tissues, not just a blob of jelly. The child has sentience and can feel pain. If a light is shone at its mother's womb, the child will react and turn away. The child has a complete skeleton and reflexes. It pumps 50 pints of blood a day. A...

Orders of the Day — Abortion (Amendment) Bill (3 Mar 1989)

Ann Widdecombe: ...a law that allows one child to be kept alive in an incubator, to be loved and cherished and to have all the resources of medical science poured upon it, and a child of identical age, gestation and sentience to be dismembered alive in its mother's womb. That is not a civilised law. It is those excesses and abuses of the Abortion Act 1967 that many hon. Members who would not support me in my...

Spring Adjournment (22 May 1989)

Ann Widdecombe: ...all the resources of medical science put at his or her disposal in an effort to save it while another child, of exactly the same age, at exactly the same level of development and with exactly the same level of sentience, can be dismembered alive in its mother's womb. If hon. Members can adjourn for the spring recess leaving a law of that sort on the statute book, there is something...

Sustainable Development (12 Jul 2002)

Lord Oxburgh: ...into a new species. But the present rate of extinction is somewhere between 10 and 100 times faster than that found in the geological past. It is no exaggeration to say that if there were some kind of communal animal sentience and awareness, the speed and scale of disaster brought on animals by human beings would appear to them as would a nuclear holocaust to us in terms of land laid waste...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Clause 7 - Hare Coursing (13 Feb 2003)

Lembit Öpik: ...that most dogs would not pass a test, if forced to sit one, asking them to identify the difference. By my definition, a rabbit and a hare are not all that different in terms of intelligence and sentience. If one could run the programme ''The Weakest Link'' with hares and rabbits, it seems unlikely that rabbits would come out in an earlier round than the hares. They have evolved to be...

Animals in Scientific Procedures (17 Oct 2003)

Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior: .... So it should be, but it should not be rigid. One criticism made by research workers in the field is the lack of adaptation to developments in modern biological science, such as animal sentience and our better understanding of how animals behave and how we should provide for them in experimental situations. It has also been criticised by anti-vivisectionists for its lack of rigidity. So...

Animal Experimentation (23 Feb 2005)

David Drew: ...the central nervous system. That is something my hon. Friend might wish to talk about. Finally, the main contribution of the Boyd group report on primates in experiments was to summarise scientific knowledge in areas such as the sentience of primates. There was a good discussion of the moral status of apes and whether an ape is a person, but much of it was not germane to this debate so I...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 1 - Animals to which the Act applies (17 Jan 2006)

Ben Bradshaw: ...of the issue. On 22 December last year, the European Food Safety Authority published the opinion of the animal health and welfare panel on four questions, including on some invertebrate species' sentience and capacity to feel pain, suffering or distress. That report is now with the Commission, which will draft proposals. Those will be consulted on and then go to the European Parliament for...

Scottish Parliament: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (31 May 2006)

Rhona Brankin: ...intend to consult further on issues such as electric shock collars and the private keeping of unusual pets. I reassure Irene Oldfather that we will keep a close eye on the current European Union review of the sentience of cephalopods and crustaceans. If evidence becomes available, the Executive will, of course, consider those findings and review our policy. The bill will begin to make its...

Estimates 2006-07: Department of Health (3 Jul 2006)

Robert Key: ...a step nearer to implantation, with humanity commencing at 14 days with the appearance of the primitive streak, the precursor to the spinal chord, signifying cell differentiation and the beginning of sentience. I believe that life is a continuum with a genetic line moving ever onwards, unless it dies out through lack of procreation. That, surely, is why we humans are so interested in our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Termination of Pregnancy (31 Oct 2006)

Nadine Dorries: ...we are morally obliged to reconsider the legality of late abortions. Some Members may question the science of viability and claim that perhaps only a few babies would survive. Some Members may take issue with the point of sentience, waiting for yet more concrete scientific proof. There may even be Members who think that foeticide is an acceptable practice. It is a prescribed practice by...

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Department: Living Animals (Scientific Procedures) (23 Jul 2007)

Meg Hillier: ...animal use. Instead the Act requires that animal use is kept to a minimum. In addition, the procedures authorised must cause the minimum possible suffering to the smallest number of animals of the least sentience. The Act also requires that, before a project licence is issued, we must weigh the benefits to humans, other animals, or the environment against the costs to the animals involved....

Written Answers — Home Department: Animal Experiments (3 Sep 2007)

Meg Hillier: ..., with no mechanism for reducing animal use. Instead the Act requires that the procedures authorised must cause the minimum possible suffering to the smallest number of animals of the least sentience. The Act also requires that, before a project licence is issued, we must weigh the benefits to humans, other animals, or the environment against the costs to the animals involved. A licence...

Written Answers — Home Department: Animal Experiments (21 Apr 2008)

Meg Hillier: ...such testing. However, the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 requires that the procedures authorised must cause the minimum possible suffering to the smallest number of animals of the least sentience and we will continue to ensure that these requirements are met in all categories of animal use, including the testing of food additives.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 1 — Amendment of the law relating to abortion (20 May 2008)

Mark Pritchard: ...given the cross-party support for new clause 3, we will have an opportunity to divide on the matter and to enter the same Lobby. I hope that the House will have a chance to express its view on foetal pain, sentience, the sanctity of life and public opinion.

EU: Directive on the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note (10 Feb 2010)

Lord Carter of Coles: ...and squid, and crustacean decapods, such as crabs, lobsters and shrimp. The arguments for extension of the scope turn on the issue of whether such creatures feel pain and can suffer; that is "sentience". We concluded that, on the basis of current scientific knowledge about sentience, cephalopods should be included in the directive, but decapods should not. In the UK, under the 1986 Act,...

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — Induced Abortion (31 Oct 2012)

Nadine Dorries: ...100 babies are born healthy. The viability argument needs to be discussed in the context of what we do in our neonatal and premature baby units, and what we do in terms of abortion. The two must be compared. I want to discuss sentience, because it is an argument for life. We know that a baby can feel pain in the womb before 20 weeks. If a woman’s stomach is poked post-20 weeks or...


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