Animal Experiments: Primates

Home Department written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

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.

Photo of Meg Hillier Meg Hillier Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Identity)

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.

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