HC Deb 14 April 1980 vol 982 c479W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on Government policy on the use of animals for laboratory purposes.

Mr. Raison

We are engaged in discussions in the Council of Europe which aim to produce a European convention on this subject. We are committed to modernising and improving, in the light of the outcome of those discussions, the controls over painful experiments on living animals which are provided by our domestic legislation.