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Animal Experiments

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the longest recorded journey time was for non-human primates imported into the United Kingdom for research purposes from (a) China, (b) Mauritius, (c) Indonesia, (d) the Philippines, (e) Vietnam and (f) Israel in each year since 1997. (137525)

The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 requires that non-human primates are only used in scientific procedures if no other species is suitable. In deciding whether to grant a licence for any regulated procedure, the 1986 Act requires that the likely benefits of the programme are weighed against the likely adverse effects on the animals concerned and that there are no alternatives which, either, replace animal use entirely, reduce the number of animals needed or refine the procedures to minimise suffering. We must also be satisfied that the procedures are likely to achieve the stated objectives.

According to our records, the longest actual or estimated journey times for non-human primates imported into the United Kingdom for research purposes in the period 1999 to 2006 were as set out in the following table. We hold no information for 1997 or 1998.

In accordance with measures introduced in 1996, the Home Office only requires an estimated total journey time to be provided prior to each acquisition and that, after each acquisition, confirmation is provided that the importation was in accordance with what had been authorised. There is no obligation for licence holders to provide a detailed journey record or a precise total journey time.

China

Mauritius

Indonesia

Philippines

Vietnam

Israel

1999

46.75

34.00

No Imports

NTA1

No Imports

1NTA

2000

75.00

51.00

No Imports

No Imports

No Imports

15.00

2001

65.50

56.00

No Imports

No Imports

63.00

14.50

2002

59.00

54.50

No Imports

No Imports

41.50

18.00

2003

260.00

55.00

No Imports

No Imports

65.50

19.75

2004

75.00

240.00

No Imports

No Imports

32.25

14.00

2005

58.00

240.00

No Imports

No Imports

34.50

No Imports

2006

54.80

240.00

No Imports

No Imports

233.50

No Imports

1 No journey times available.

2 Estimated times, actual times are likely to have been shorter.

Note:

Journey times in hours