Memorandum from Professor Peter N Campbell,
University College London
I propose that the NIMR in some form should
remain at Mill Hill for the following reasons:
1. The facility for containment at category
4 is almost unique and would be of crucial importance should the
UK be hit by a new disease.
2. The NIMR has very extensive animal breeding
facilities which are well protected from invasion by anti-vivisectionist
extremists. We surely have several examples to remind us as to
the difficulty of creating such facilities.
3. While there should in future be an increased
emphasis on clinical research it is not necessary for clinicians
to work alongside those engaged in research. It is the personal
links which are important. It is noteworthy that in the consultation
exercise by Deborah Holman that in answer to question 4 the 975
respondents were of this opinion in contrast to the 36 respondents
from unnamed organisations.
15 November 2004