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Animal Experiments: Primates

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of using (a) F1 and (b) F2 primates in (i) pharmaceutical testing and (ii) other common areas of testing. (266909)

No estimates have yet been made of the cost of using F1 and F2 generation non-human primates bred for research purposes under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in either pharmaceutical testing or other common areas of testing.

We will consider these costs in assessing the impact of the European Commission’s proposal for a draft directive for the protection of animals used in scientific procedures to replace Directive 86/609/EEC published in November 2008. We will publish the impact assessment when we consult formally on the draft directive.