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Animal Experiments

Volume 181: debated on Tuesday 20 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ban those animal procedures involving LD50 and Draize tests.

My right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary is not one of the Ministers reponsible for the national and international regulations under which specific safety testing protocols are required; nor is he a sponsoring Minister for biomedical research. His responsibility is for controlling the conduct of scientific procedures on living animals. We have no plans to refuse licences where my right hon. and learned Friend is satisfied that the work is justified under section 5 of the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. The Government continue to play an active role in developing acceptable alternative methods of testing.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Her Majesty's Government are continuing with their appeal in the cases of Mr. Julius Alexander of Hackney and Mr. Shamusideen Oladehinde; and if he will make a statement.

In a judgment on 18 October, the House of Lords dismissed the appeals of Mr. Alexander and Mr. Oladehinde. My right hon. and learned Friend will be reviewing their cases in order to decide whether to enforce deportation.