London Zoo Lease — [Dame Caroline Dinenage in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:01 am on 14 March 2023.

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Photo of James Sunderland James Sunderland Chair, Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill 10:01, 14 March 2023

The Minister is making an excellent speech, and I agree with the direction of travel today. I thank my hon. Friend Bob Blackman for bringing forward this excellent debate and his Bill. I have a strange intervention to make. My grandfather worked for many years at London Zoo. When he retired, there was a policy in force where the next animal to be born in situ after retirement would be named after that individual. I am proud to report that my grandfather was followed by a giraffe called Robbie—my grandfather was Albert Roberts. I would be interested to understand if that scheme still exists today; could the Minister find out and report back? It would be great to know where Robbie is, if he is still around and if he is in good health.