HC Deb 25 November 1980 vol 994 c60W
25. Mr. David Atkinson

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is satisfied with the current use of animals for scientific education.

Mr. Macfarlane

Decisions about the use of animals in educational establishments are for the local education authorities and the establishments themselves. I should deplore any practices which might cause suffering to animals: any use of live animals for scientific education involving experiment is controlled nationally by Act of Parliament and licences giving authority for work of this kind are issued by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department. I have no reason to suppose that those concerned are not fully aware of the need to ensure that animals used for educational purposes are properly cared for.