The performance on any living vertebrate animal of any experiment calculated to give pain is subject to the restrictions imposed by the Cruelty to Animals Act, 1876. These include requirements that the experimenter shall hold a licence (and in many cases additional certificates) and that the experiment shall be carried out on registered premises open to inspection by inspectors under the Act.
I am no crank on these matters, but will not the right hon. and learned Gentleman agree that there is a difference between experimenting on live animals when it is in the interests of preserving life and when it is a case of the destruction of life? Can he give a more satisfactory assurance that there is adequate supervision by his Department at these research stations?