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Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
18.01.2016Animal Experiment Statistics
In 2014 3.8 million procedures were completed on regulated living animals representing a decrease of 6% compared to 2013. This note summarises and analyses trends in data, including the growth of universities as the dominant seat of research on animals, the decline of research for toxicological purposes, and the growth in animal procedures for cancer research.
19.09.2012EU bibliographies: Animal Experiments Directive
This Note brings together documents relevant to the draft EU Directive replacing Directive Dir86/609/EEC on animal testing. It is not an attempt to define policy in this area. For information on policy developments contact Elena Ares on extn 6348.
26.06.2012Animal Experiments: Stray and Feral Animals
This notes covers the transposition on the EU Directive on animal experiments and the concerns raised about stray animals.
22.02.2011Animal cloning
A number of commentators have raised concerns about the implications of animal cloning for food safety, food supply and animal welfare. Others stress that animal cloning has the potential to improve animal welfare and farming productivity. It may even be used in the conservation of endangered species. This note sets out background information on the different arguments and the regulatory controls on the use of this technology in food production.
08.02.2011Cosmetics Testing on Animals: EU Ban
This note covers a proposed EU ban on the use in cosmetics of any ingredients tested on animals. Currently ingredients tested on animals outside the EU are allowed but are due to be phased out by 2013.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
03.10.2011Clinical Trials
This POSTnote summarises some of the most important reasons behind the decline in clinical trials in the UK, and the actions being taken to improve the situation.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
03.11.2009Revision of the EU Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
13.10.2011EU LEGISLATION ON ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS
That this House notes the forthcoming transposition of the European Directive on the protection of animals used in scientific procedures; is concerned that transposition of the Directive ...
10.01.2011TESTING OF NEW COSMETICS INGREDIENTS ON ANIMALS
That this House notes that the 7th amendment to the Cosmetics Directive (Directive 76/768 EEC) prohibits the testing of new cosmetics ingredients on animals within the European Union ...
03.11.2010WILD-CAUGHT PRIMATES AND RESEARCH
That this House calls on the Government to completely disassociate itself from the cruel trade in wild-caught primates for research; and further calls on the Government to introduce ...
07.07.2010ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS
That this House supports the pledge published in the programme for Government to work to reduce the use of animals in scientific reasearch; and calls on the Government to develop a ...
08.06.2010PROCTER AND GAMBLE AND SPONSORSHIP OF LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS
That this House notes media reports of talks between the International Olympic Committee and Procter and Gamble regarding sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympics; recognises that Procter ...

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  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses