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Volume 244: debated on Tuesday 11 November 1930

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asked the Home Secretary whether he will arrange for a summary to be made, for inclusion in the annual official report, of the nature and purpose of each experiment performed on living animals?

The answer is in the negative. To do so would be foreign to the purpose of the report, and would be an unjustifiable expenditure of public money.

asked the Home Secretary what evidence he has that all animals that suffer pain that is severe or likely to endure are killed immediately after the main object of the experiment has been attained when no inspectors are present?

The evidence for the scrupulous observance of the pain condition is that the inspectors, who see many thousands of animals under experiment in the course of a year, have not found any indication of an infringement of this condition. I may add that the known character of the licence holders is an additional guarantee that the conditions of their licences are observed.

asked the Home Secretary whether he will arrange for a record to be kept of the number and species of animals killed following vivisection experiments as a result of pain which is too severe or likely to endure; and will he publish the figures in the annual report?

I do not think that any useful purpose would be served by collecting and publishing these details.