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Animal Experiments

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 28 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment tests using animals were conducted by his Department in each of the last five years. (310652)

[holding answer 14 January 2010]: The MOD does not use animals as part of its equipment testing programme. The MOD conducts research involving the use of animals only where absolutely necessary and where there is currently no alternative. The research supports the welfare of the armed forces; it includes medical countermeasures, combat casualty care and environmental safety. All research involving the use of animals is subject to regular review and is carried out in strict accordance with the requirements of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.