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Animal Procedures Committee

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 21 November 2007

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Identity (Meg Hillier) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

In accordance with Section 20(5) of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, I have placed the committee's annual report for 2006 in the Library today. Among other things, the report includes:

the work carried out by the committee's sub-committees;

the advice offered by the committee on a project licence application that was referred to the committee for advice;

acceptance of overseas centres supplying non-human primates to UK laboratories: a report by the primates sub-committee of the Animal Procedures Committee;

the completion and publication of our review of Schedule 1 to the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986: “Appropriate methods of humane killing”;

the publication of an update for the housing and care of animals used in scientific procedures, an aide-memoire for users and staff comparing proposed changes to European legislation to existing UK codes of practice; and

the publication of a report of the Education and Training Sub-Committee on modular training for the use of animals in scientific procedures.

The report concludes with the committee's work plan for 2007.