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Animal Experiments: Wales

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

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 Wales in 2008 were conducted for (a) fundamental and applied studies other than toxicology and (b) toxicity tests or other safety and efficacy evaluation. (306293)

All the scientific procedures on living animals started in 2008 in Wales under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 related to fundamental and applied studies other than toxicology.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 which were conducted in Wales 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. (306294)

In 2008 there were no such procedures in Wales nor in Great Britain as a whole (Table three, Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Great Britain 2008, available from the Library of the House—HC800).

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 Wales and regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in 2008. (306295)

In line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics (implementing the Statistics and Registration Act 2007), and the National Statistician's guidance “Confidentiality of Official Statistics”, the information requested is not available. Providing the information requested would breach statistical confidentiality relating to individual establishments.

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 Wales in 2008. (306296)

During 2008, in Wales, there were 48,507 animals used in scientific procedures on living animals started under the 1986 Act.

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 Wales in 2008 were conducted without anaesthesia. (306298)

During 2008, in Wales, 52 per cent. of the scientific procedures on living animals started under the 1986 Act used no form of anaesthesia.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many project licences in respect of work to be carried out in Wales were granted under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in 2008; and how many such project licences were in force at the end of 2008. (306300)

During 2008 23 project licences were granted under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in Wales. On 31 December 2008 there were 77 project licences in force in Wales.