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Animal Experiments: Licensing

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications there were for licences for animal experimentation in each year since 1997; how many licences were granted in each such year; and how many applications were rejected. (245066)

From the retained records available to us, full details for licences applied for and granted under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 are only available from 2003 and these and the current year to date are shown in the following tables.

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with the local inspectors, this means that proposals unlikely to meet the Act’s stringent requirements are revised or withdrawn before formal refusal becomes necessary.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

Number granted in

Year project licence applied for

Number of licences applied for

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

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

Number granted in

Number of licences applied for

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008 to date

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

Number refused

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

Number granted in

Number of licences applied for

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008 to date

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

Number refused

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

n/a = Not available.