Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence


APPENDIX 29

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





 
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