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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to Articles 4 and 13 of European directive 2010/63/EU on animal experimentation, whether it is her policy to require (a) an alternative method or testing strategy not involving the use of live animals to be used whenever it is scientifically feasible and (b) an alternative method or testing strategy not involving the use of live animals to be used whenever it is scientifically feasible and if the method is recognised under Community legislation.
In the public consultation on the options for transposition of European directive 2010/63/EU we indicated our intention to transpose article 4, on the principle of replacement, reduction and refinement, and article 13, on the choice of methods, as they stand.
We are now considering the responses to the public consultation and will announce any further decisions on these issues in due course. We plan to publish a report on the public consultation by the end of 2011.