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Animal Experiments

Volume 175: debated on Monday 25 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the total number and names of research establishments where (a) cosmetic and (b) drug experiments on animals are conducted, the nature of the licence involved and the type of animals used.

The safety testing of cosmetics on animals is authorised at six designated establishments. It is not possible to identify separately establishments at which work on pharmaceuticals is carried out, although research work on medical, dental and veterinary products or appliances involving the use of animals is authorised at about 170 designated establishments.Details of the number of procedures for the safety testing of cosmetics and for research on medical, dental and veterinary products or appliances are published each year in table 3 and tables 1, 4, 7, 11, 12, and 13 of "Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals, Great Britain" (1988 Cm. 743), a copy of which is in the Library.It is not our practice to identify individual establishments by name.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many research establishments using live animals in experiments for cosmetic or drug purposes have had their licences rescinded in each of the past 10 years.