This document contains the following information: Investigation into the Home Office’s regulation of animal experimentation: 1st report, session 2006-07
This report relates to the Ombudsman’s investigation into a complaint against the Home Office that it failed to properly regulate the research undertaken by a company under the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and that a Government Minister had given a misleading answer to Parliament about it. Findings relating to the case have been produced as a publicly available report due to the level of public interest. The report explains that the Ombudsman is not empowered to comment on the actions of companies nor the Animal Procedures Committee, nor whether a Government minister has misled Parliament; rather the report relates to the alleged maladministration by the Home Office and whether it provided the Minister with inaccurate information. The Ombudsman’s investigation focuses on issues of drug toxicity and the assessment of severity, bias in the consideration of licence applications and inadequate oversight of compliance, as well as the Ministerial statements to Parliament. The report concludes that there are no grounds for further investigation of this matter.
This paper was laid before Parliament in response to a legislative requirement or as a Return to an Address and was ordered to be printed by the House of Commons.