Animal Experiments

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 3rd December 2010.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department plans to take to contribute to the Government's objective to reduce the use of animals in laboratory experiments.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

The Home Office is responsible for regulating the use of animals in scientific research and testing, and is leading the development of a strategy to deliver the Government's objective to work to reduce the use of animals in scientific research. I and other ministerial colleagues with an interest in research using animals, will be meeting in the near future to discuss how to take the strategy forward.

The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) supports and promotes the 3Rs in research and testing. The NC3Rs receives around £5.1 million funding for 2010-11 from this Department, through the Medical Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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