HL Deb 20 May 1998 vol 589 cc178-9WA
Lord Stanley of Alderley

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they are prepared to help fund further research in the use of analgesics for the relief of pain in sheep currently being undertaken at the Moredun Research Establishment, Edinburgh. [HL1869]

The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue)

The Moredun Foundation is collaborating with the University of Edinburgh on two government-funded projects aimed at the development of more humane methods for the castration and tail docking of lambs. Decisions as to future government funding of work in this area will depend on a number of factors including evaluation of the results of these and other relevant scientific studies, the availability of resources and the scientific quality of any proposals submitted.