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Animal Experiments

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the (a) treatment and (b) proposed experiments on Felix the macaque monkey by compliance of the Oxford university with the project licence granted in respect of the primate; if she will suspend this licence pending investigation of the matter; and if she will make a statement. (157219)

The university has advised that Felix was humanely killed in early June 2007 on completion of the work in which he was involved and in accordance with the requirements of the relevant project licence. I am satisfied that the requirements of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 have been fully met, and I do not consider there is a need to vary or suspend the licence.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what method of record keeping she requires establishments with a certificate of designation under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 to use; and what guidelines her Department has issued on consistency of such record keeping. (158151)

[holding answer 15 October 2007]: Record keeping requirements for designated establishments are set out in paragraphs 4.27 to 4.33 and Appendices B and C of the published Guidance on the Operation of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (HC321). A number of formats have evolved that satisfy these requirements and meet local needs. The records must be made available to the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Inspectorate on request. Failure to maintain records in a format that is acceptable to the Secretary of State is in breach of the terms and conditions of authorities issued under the 1986 Act.