§ 36. Mr. Higgins
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many animals were involved in the production of cosmetics in the latest year for which figures are available; whether he is satisfied that the Therapeutic Substances Act, and other existing legislation, provides adequate safeguards to prevent animal suffering in this industry; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. George Thomas
I regret that no information is available about the numbers of animals used to produce or test cosmetics. The use of animals for the production of therapeutic substances is subject to the restrictions imposed under the Therapeutic Substances Act, 1956. Animals used for other manufacturing purposes are protected by the general law against unnecessary suffering. If animals are used to test a particular substance and there is any risk of pain the Cruelty to Animals Act, 1876, applies. This Act has been reviewed by the Departmental Committee on Experiments on Animals, the report of which my right hon. and learned Friend is now considering.