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Animal Experiments

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many animals have been used in medical scientific experiments funded by the NHS in the last five years. (254895)

The information requested is not held centrally.

Over the last 10 years, the main part of the Department's total expenditure on health research has been devolved to and managed by national health service organisations. Details of individual NHS supported research projects undertaken during that time are available on the archived national research register at:

https://portal.nihr.ac.uk/Pages/NRRArchive.aspx

The implementation of the Government's health research strategy that began in 2006 means that the Department now funds NHS research and development through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The NIHR's role is to support research involving patients, samples or data taken from patients, people who are not patients, populations, health technology assessment, and health services research.