HC Deb 03 December 1987 vol 123 c688W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he is satisfied that laboratories using the Draize eye irritancy test are conforming to his Department's guidelines; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what steps he takes to monitor compliance by animal experiment laboratories with his Department's guidelines on (a) the Draize eye irritancy test and (b) other experimental tests.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

Implementation of the Home Office guidelines on the Draize eye test, like all aspects of the control of the use of animals in experiments or other scientific procedures, is closely monitored by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Inspectorate. We are satisfied that the introduction of the guidelines on the operation of the Draize eye test has played a major part in the adoption of best practice in the conduct of this test.