UK bioscience sector submits evidence to Lords
The House of Lords European Union Committee, Sub-Committee D (Environment and Agriculture) has begun to take oral evidence on the revision of the European Directive on animal experimentation. In the meantime, 11 organisations representing UK bioscience have published their detailed written response, running to more than 250 paragraphs, to the House of Lords inquiry.
The House of Lords Committee inquiry follows publication of the original Commission proposal in November 2008, and the plenary vote which finalised the first reading in the European Parliament in May 2009. At this time the Commission accepted a minority of the Parliament’s amendments but did not support many that are crucial to continued biomedical research using animals in Europe.
Thus the position of the UK Government when engaging in the first reading with the Council of the European Union is of considerable significance.