HC Deb 28 June 1909 vol 7 c20

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the statement made by the inspector of experiments on living animals in the Return showing the number of such experiments during the year 1908, to the effect that one licensee who held Certificate B, authorising exposure to X-rays and the application of heat to the skin under anaesthetics, carried out these procedures without an ancesthetic; whether he will state the name of the licensee referred to, and the number and nature of the experiments so performed without an anaesthetic; and if he proposes to institute any legal proceedings in respect of the violation of the law in this case?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Gladstone)

The experiments were 42 in number. Their nature is stated in the Report, and is quoted in the question. They were not of a severe character, and might have been performed without an anaesthetic if the licensee had obtained the proper certificate for the purpose. The error of the licensee arose from a misconception as to the extent of his two certificates A and B, and was not so serious as to call for legal proceedings. The matter was dealt with by admonition.