Tony Juniper has answered the 2010 General Election Candidate Survey
1. Do you support the use of public funds to provide unproven health products such as homeopathy?
- I do not support public money being used on unproven treatments, but I do support NHS funds being used for some complementary treatments, such as acupuncture.
2. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?
3. Do you agree that testing on animals (within strict criteria) is a necessary part of the development of medicines?
- I believe we have sufficient technology now to phase out the use of live animals for medical testing.
4. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution?
- If we are against the use of homeopathy then creationism should fall in the same box.
5. Should religious courts such as Sharia and Beth Din be recognised as alternative systems within UK law?
- I don't see the need for this.
6. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule?
- All forms of incitement toward hatred and discrimination should be condemned, but religions should expect to be a part of the societies they exist within and thus part of popular debate.
7. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords?
- The House of Lords needs to be reformed to include only elected members. If bishops or others can get elected, then they should be able to vote.
8. Should an independent government adviser whose views in their area of expertise conflict with government policy be able to express those views publicly without fear of being sacked?
9. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive?
- It depends on the case and the extent to which a moral or ethical question is raised.
10. Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence?