Animal Experiments

Home Office written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of Chris Williamson Chris Williamson Labour, Derby North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research her Department has commissioned on the contribution of testing households products and their ingredients on animals to the UK economy; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Minister of State, Home Department

The Home Office has not commissioned research on the contribution of testing household products and their ingredients on animals to the UK economy.

We have made a commitment to ban the testing of household products on animals. Although superficially straightforward, this issue has not been easy to resolve. Any solution has to be legally viable since we cannot ban testing

which may be required under UK or EU law.

We also need to be cautious that we do not develop a solution that precludes research that is essential or drives necessary research overseas. The key issue is around ingredients. My officials are currently engaging with stakeholders

to develop a solution that is workable and sensible, but does not have a chain of unforeseen circumstances.

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