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Animal Experiments

Volume 33: debated on Thursday 2 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) cats, (b) dogs, (c) rabbits and (d) birds were used in experiments to test the safety of food additives during the last 12 months;(2) how many

(a) cats, (b) dogs, (c) rabbits and (d) birds were used in experiments to test and develop substances used in industry during the last 12 months;

(3) how many rabbits have been used in experiments to test cosmetics and toiletries during the last 12 months;

(4) how many (a) cats, (b) dogs, (c) rabbits and (d) birds were used in experiments to develop and study the use of plant pesticides during the last 12 months.

The latest available information is for 1981, and is published in table 2 of "Statistics of experiments on living animals: Great Britain 1981" (Cmnd. 8657) copies of which are in the Library.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the draft convention on the control of animal experiments together with ancillary documents.

I am putting in the Library copies of the text of the draft convention and, when available, of the draft explanatory report, as they were agreed by the ad hoc committee at its recent meeting. Copies of draft appendix A—Guidelines on Accommodation and Care of Animals—and of draft appendix B—Statistical Tables—will also be placed there when they have been agreed.