HC Deb 22 March 1993 vol 221 cc449-50W
Mr. Bowden

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to ensure that all animals reused in laboratories have been examined by a qualified veterinary surgeon and deemed fit and well for use in further experimental procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

Mr. Charles Wardle

The licence holder may call upon the advice of the named veterinary surgeon as appropriate. Although there is no general requirement that animals to be reused in scientific procedures must first be examined by a veterinary surgeon, such a requirement may be added as a condition to project licences when this is considered appropriate. There are no present plans to vary these arrangements.