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Animal Experiments: Scotland

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the increase in the number of scientific procedures on animals at commercial establishments in Scotland from approximately 35,000 in 2006 to approximately 70,000 in 2007. (225097)

The apparent increase in the number of scientific procedures on animals at commercial establishments in Scotland in 2007 is principally explained by a change in the way in which the figures were calculated. Using the revised, more accurate methodology, the corresponding figures for 2006 and 2007 were, 67,776 and 70,296, respectively. The increase of 3.7 per cent. arises from a normal variation in the level of business activity.