§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he has taken to refer the care and management of cephalopods in the laboratory to the advisory committee on animal experiments; and what recommendations have been made.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
My right hon. Friend has asked the Animal Procedures Committee to consider whether cephalopods should be covered by the controls of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. I understand that the committee will shortly be considering the issue and we look forward to receiving its advice in due course.