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LONDON (AP) _ The House of Commons may get a pet.

Alarmed by an invasion of mice, British lawmakers filed a petition Tuesday for a cat to patrol the halls of Parliament.

The motion was made after mice were spotted in dining rooms and other places in the House of Commons. Eight lawmakers backed the motion seeking relief in the form of a parliamentary cat.

``It would be fiscally prudent ... to invest in a House of Commons cat to try to tackle this problem,'' said the motion.

The full house must next decide if the matter should be taken further.