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Animal Experiments

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last reviewed the need for the use of animals in experiments relating to naval personnel. (92102)

The research programme that advises on safe procedures and treatments for submariners escaping from a disabled submarine, undertaken by QinetiQ at Alverstoke under contract to the Ministry of Defence (MOD), was last reviewed in 2003 by the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC). This review confirmed the need for continued investigation into sequential improvements in escape and rescue procedures and the necessity of experiments on large animals. All scientific procedures involving the use of animals undertaken, sponsored or funded by the MOD are regulated by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and as such are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.