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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 518: debated on Thursday 18 November 2010

Ministerial Correction

Thursday 18 November 2010

Home Department

Animal Experiments: Primates

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (a) how many and (b) what species of non-human primates imported for the purposes of scientific research were categorised as (i) captive-born (or F1 generation) and (ii) captive-bred (F2+ generation) in (A) 2009 and (B) 2010.

[Official Report, 4 November 2010, Vol. 517, c. 876-77W.]

Letter of correction from Lynne Featherstone:

Errors have been identified in the response given to the hon. Member for Crawley (Henry Smith) on 4 November 2010. In the table referring to figures from 2009, the number ‘100’ should read ‘85’, the number ‘1,257’ should read ‘1,139’ and the number ‘958’ should read ‘932’.

The answer was as follows: (22045)

Although the information currently submitted to the Home Office following the acquisition of each batch of non-human primates provides evidence that animals have been born in captivity, there is currently no requirement for the records to indicate whether animals are F1 or F2+. However, from the information available we estimate the respective totals to be as detailed in the following table.

Numbers of imported captive-born (or F1 generation) and captive-bred (F2+ generation) non-human primates

F1

F2

2009

Common marmoset

0

100

Rhesus macaque

0

44

Cynomolgus macaque

1,257

958

2010 (reported to date)

Common marmoset

0

0

Rhesus macaque

0

40

Cynomolgus macaque

970

545

The answer should have been:

Although the information currently submitted to the Home Office following the acquisition of each batch of non-human primates provides evidence that animals have been born in captivity, there is currently no requirement for the records to indicate whether animals are Fl or F2+. However, from the information available we estimate the respective totals to be as detailed in the following table.

Numbers of imported captive-born (or F1 generation) and captive-bred (F2+ generation) non-human primates

F1

F2

2009

Common marmoset

0

85

Rhesus macaque

0

44

Cynomolgus macaque

1,139

932

2010 (reported to date)

Common marmoset

0

0

Rhesus macaque

0

40

Cynomolgus macaque

970

545