A public consultation was launched in April 1995 as part of the inquiry. Over eighty responses were received from a wide range of individuals and organisations including:
- Universities and research institutes
- Research councils and learned societies
- Religious organisations
- Animal interest groups
- Commercial interest groups
- Sixth-form students
The results of the consultation served as a guide to the range of views that are held among interested parties and members of the public. The consultation formed an important part of the Working Party’s consideration of the issues.