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Animal Experiments: Laboratories

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many laboratories there were in England and Wales which undertook experimentation on animals in each of the last four years; (149322)

(2) how many inspectors were employed in England and Wales to monitor experimentation on animals in laboratories in each of the last four years.

The operation of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 is a reserved matter and the Home Office implements the legislation throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

The total number of places in England and Wales designated as user, breeding and/or supplying establishments under the 1986 Act at 31 December in each of the last four years was:

Number

2006

178

2005

183

2004

193

2003

197

Under the 1986 Act, the animals scientific procedures inspectorate is a national body with responsibilities throughout England, Scotland and Wales, and no inspectors are appointed solely with respect to the operation of the legislation in England and Wales. However, we estimate that the number of inspectors whose working time was devoted to establishments in England and Wales in each of the last four years was:

Number

2001

22.75

2005

22.75

2004

24.75

2003

22.25

Detailed information about the work of the inspectorate is provided in the ASPI annual reports for 2004 and 2005, copies of which are in the House Library. These annual reports explain what the inspectors do and how they do it, and provide details of the inspectorate's staffing and structure, ways of working, professional background and skills, and training and development.