§ Mr. Robin F. Cook
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report a table for each of the most recent convenient five years showing (a) the number of licences issued for experiments on live animals under the Security of Animals Act 1876, (b) the number of occasions on which such a licence was refused, (c) the number of certificates issued to permit such an experiment without anaesthetic, and (d) the number of occasions when such a certificate was refused.
§ Dr. Summerskill
The number of licences issued under the Cruelty to Animals Act 1876 in the years 1973–77 was as follows:
1973 2,110 1974 2,233 1975 3,129 1976 2,896 1977 3,104
aware of any special circumstances which suggest that I should call for a special report on the incident from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. If my hon. Friend has any particular points about the incident which he wishes to raise, I should of course be glad to consider them.