Pavitt was a lifelong pacifist and a conscientious objector in the Second World War. He was secretary of the British Federation of Young Co-operators 1942-46 and general secretary of the Anglo-Chinese Development Society 1946-52.
Pavitt was Labour Co-operative Member of Parliament for Willesden West from 1959 to 1974, and for Brent South from 1974 until he retired in 1987. He was parliamentary private secretary to the Foreign Secretary from 1965, and was an Assistant government whip from 1974 to 1976.
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1966, 1983 and 1987 editions
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
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