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Animal Experiments

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many licensed procedures were carried out on live animals for the purposes of testing household products in each year since 2002-03. (295462)

The number of scientific procedures started on living animals in Great Britain in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 for toxicology or other safety/efficacy evaluation in relation to substances used in the household, was, respectively 1,032, 234, 272, 21, 0, 1, 132.

The available information is published in table 9 (previously table 10) in the Department’s annual publication Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Great Britain, copies of which are available from the Library of the House and from the Department’s website at:

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