I am writing in response to the Government's
Consultation Document on the draft Freedom of Information Bill.
I would like to add my voice to the call for any Freedom of Information
Act to include the repeal or amendment of S.24 of the 1986 Animals
(Scientific Procedures) Act. The Labour Government committed itself
to freedom of information before the election, and that promise
must be kept. I take the view that a government committed to freedom
of information must include all the issues that the public feel
strongly aboutotherwise the promise of open government
There must be wider scientific scrutiny
of animal Project Licence applications so that non-animal alternatives
can be suggested.
Names/locations of applicants do
not need to be released (although the issue of personal endangerment
does not arise as such details are already in the public domain).
310 The Committee received over 2,300 similar
representations from individual supporters/members of The National
Anti-Vivisection Society. Back