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Animal Experiments: Licensing

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many animal procedures licences were (a) received and (b) approved by her Department in each of the last five years. (241064)

From the retained records available to us details for licences granted in each of the last five years and the current year to date under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 are shown in the following table. A feature of the regulatory regime under the 1986 Act is the discussion that often takes place at an early stage between applicants (or prospective applicants) and the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Inspectorate. When serious deficiencies are discovered with the proposals during these early discussions with the local inspectors this means that proposals unlikely to meet the Act's stringent requirements are revised or withdrawn before formal refusal becomes necessary.

Furthermore it is commonly the case that the authorities ultimately granted are not as originally set out by the applicants.

Project Licences

Year project licence applied for

Number of licences applied for

Number granted in 2003

Number granted in 2004

Number granted in 2005

Number granted in 2006

Number granted in 2007

Number granted in 2008 to date

Number not proceeded with plus those still outstanding at end of the period

Number refused

2003

n/a

774

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2004

n/a

x

575

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2005

492

x

x

386

88

4

1

13

0

2006

586

x

x

x

430

135

0

21

0

2007

599

x

x

x

x

458

109

32

0

2008 to date

718

x

x

x

x

x

563

155

0

Personal Licences

2003

n/a

2,273

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2004

n/a

x

2,156

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2005

1,784

x

x

1,567

204

5

3

5

0

2006

2,270

x

x

x

1,968

282

6

14

0

2007

2,505

x

x

x

x

2,267

209

29

0

2008 to date

2,638

x

x

x

x

x

2,458

180

0

Certificates of Designation

2003

n/a

6

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2004

n/a

x

2

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2005

5

x

x

4

1

2006

2

x

x

x

2

2007

2

x

x

x

x

2

0

0

2008 to date

2

x

x

x

x

x

2

0

0