The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) does not contain an exemption relating specifically to the number and type of experiments conducted on animals. However, it does contain a number of exemptions which may be used to withhold information where its release is not in the public interest. The FOIA also provides an exemption where disclosure is prohibited under other legislation. The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 prohibits the release of certain information about animal experimentation in prescribed circumstances.
The FOIA will be subject to post-legislative scrutiny in late 2011. It will be for the parliamentary committee conducting post-legislative scrutiny to determine the issues it wishes to examine during this process.