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Animal Experiments: Scotland

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of procedures regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 carried out in Scotland in 2008 were conducted without anaesthesia. (291589)

There were a total of 555,567 regulated procedures started under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in Scotland in 2008 of which 376,937 (68 per cent.) used no form of anaesthesia.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the project licences granted under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in force in Scotland at the end of 2008 were in the (a) mild, (b) moderate, (c) substantial and (d) unclassified severity banding. (291590)

During 2008, in Scotland, 39 per cent. of the project licences granted under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 were in the mild severity banding, 57 per cent. in moderate, one per cent. in substantial and three per cent. were unclassified.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) mice, (b) rats, (c) guinea pigs, (d) hamsters, (e) rabbits, (f) horses and other equids, (g) sheep, (h) pigs, (i) birds, (j) amphibians, (k) reptiles, (l) fish, (m) cats, (n) dogs, (o) New World primates and (p) Old World primates were used in procedures conducted in Scotland and regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in 2008. (291591)

During 2008, in Scotland, there were 290,081 mice, 49,009 rats, 2,428 guinea pigs, 688 hamsters, 2,571 rabbits, nine horses and other equids, 4,802 sheep, 883 pigs, 6,193 birds, 383 amphibians, 184,335 fish, eight cats, 994 dogs, 30 new world primates and 899 old world primates used in regulated procedures started under the 1986 Act. No reptiles were used.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individual animals were used in procedures regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in Scotland in 2008. (291592)

During 2008, in Scotland, there were 544,949 animals used in regulated procedures started under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 were conducted in Scotland in 2008 involved (a) cats, (b) dogs, (c) rabbits, (d) horses and other equids, (e) New World primates and (f) Old World primates which (i) were genetically modified and (ii) had a harmful genetic defect. (291820)

In 2008 there were no such procedures in Scotland nor in Great Britain as a whole (Table 3, Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Great Britain 2008, available from the Library of the House and from the Department’s website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/scientific1.html.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 which were conducted in Scotland in 2008 were carried out for (a) fundamental and applied studies other than toxicology and (b) toxicity tests or other safety and efficacy evaluation. (291821)

During 2008, in Scotland, the number of regulated procedures started for non-toxicological purposes under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 was 500,133 (90 per cent.), and the number started for toxicological purposes was 55,434 (10 per cent.).

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 which were conducted in Scotland in 2008 were performed in (a) public health laboratories, (b) universities and medical schools, (c) national health service hospitals, (d) Government Departments, (e) other public bodies, (f) non-profit making organisations and (g) commercial organisations. (291822)

During 2008, in Scotland the total number of procedures started under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 was 555,567. Of these, 417,734 or 75 per cent. were carried out at Universities or Medical Schools, 26,823 or 5 per cent at Government Departments, 52,100 or 9 per cent. at other public bodies, and 58.910 or 11 per cent. at commercial organisations. None were started at public health laboratories, NHS hospitals or non-profit making organisations.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 were carried out in Scotland in 2008. (291824)

The number of regulated procedures started under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in Scotland in 2008 was 555,567.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) genetically modified animals and (b) animals with a harmful genetic defect were used in regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 which were conducted in Scotland in 2008. (291825)

A total of 544,949 animals were used in regulated procedures started under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in Scotland in 2008, of which 177,221 were genetically modified and 15,238 were animals with a harmful genetic defect.