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Animal Experiments: Primates

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the longest recorded journey time was for non-human primates imported from (a) China, (b) Mauritius, (c) Indonesia, (d) the Philippines, (e) Vietnam and (f) Israel into the UK for research purposes in (i) 2008 and (ii) 2009. (316436)

In accordance with measures introduced in 1996, the Home Office requires an estimated total journey time to be provided prior to each acquisition of non-human primates and, after each acquisition, confirmation is required that the importation was in accordance with what had been authorised. There is no obligation for licence holders to provide a detailed journey record or a precise total journey time to the Home Office.

According to our records, the longest journey times, estimated and confirmed, for non-human primates imported into the United Kingdom for research purposes from each of the countries listed in 2008 and 2009 were as set out in the following table:

Hours

2008

2009

China

1

48

Mauritius

41

41.75

Indonesia

1

1

Philippines

1

1

Vietnam

40

36.5

Israel

22.5

1

1 No imports.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many primates were imported into the UK for the purposes of scientific research in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009; and from which countries. (316438)

Details of non-human primates imported into the UK for the purposes of scientific research in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009 are as set out in the following table:

Import of non-human primates for the purpose of scientific research

Total imported

Country

2008

2009

China

0

68

France

185

0

Israel

50

0

Mauritius

1,537

1,215

Netherlands

160

151

Vietnam

976

631

1 The non-human primates imported from France were a one-off import from a centre regulated by the French Government which does not routinely supply animals to the UK.