nFrom page 1 it is a legitimate target for action. Over the past two weeks some of their directors have been visited.
'Two of these directors live in Birmingham, the other lives in Cannock. In three separate attacks a total of seven cars have had paint stripper poured over them.'
In a meeting of the House of Commons science and technology select committee in May, Oxford West MP Dr Evan Harris described how another supplier to Walter Lilly had already opted out after being targeted by animal rights extremists.
But Lord Sainsbury, the science minister, said the building of the centre was a 'clear commitment' and that there was 'no question of it not going ahead' Montpellier executive chairman Roy Harrison said: 'The university is a long-standing client and this is extremely worrying. Our staff have been coping extremely stoically.'
An RMC spokesman said the firm was staying on the job.He said: 'We began supplying readymix concrete for the frame in March and are due to finish in September.We will stand by our commitment to the building.'
A spokesman for animal campaign group Speak, which has visited RMC and Lilly, said: 'We stress that we are a legal campaign. We have organised demonstrations outside the site and the offices of the companies involved.'