Review of Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act secrecy clause

The Campaign has responded to a consultation reviewing the statutory bar in section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 which prohibits the disclosure of information supplied to the Home Office in applications to use animals in scientific research. The Campaign welcomes the proposed removal of the bar. But it opposes plans to replace it by a narrower prohibition on the disclosure of information about researchers, research locations and intellectual property. It says the FOI exemptions adequately protect such information already. An absolute bar would prevent disclosure even where it would not be harmful or would be in the public interest. However, the Campaign has said that it does not object to a proposed a new offence for malicious disclosures made with the intention of causing harm or for personal gain.

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