§ Mr. William Shelton
The Medical Research Council's accreditation and recognition schemes are voluntary schemes for breeders and suppliers of laboratory animals, which were introduced by the council more than 30 years ago. I understand that the council has reviewed the position within the last year or so and has concluded, after extensive consultation, that administration of the schemes might appropriately pass to some other organisation. Another organisation has expressed an interest in assuming this responsibility and is currently formulating detailed proposals for consideration. I also understand that the council will give all registered users six months' notice of any transfer of responsibility in this matter.