Primates: Experiments

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th October 2011.

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Photo of Martin Horwood Martin Horwood Liberal Democrat, Cheltenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to recommendation nine of the Review of research using non-human primates chaired by Professor Sir Patrick Bateson FRS, what steps her Department takes to ensure non-human primate experiments undertaken overseas and funded by UK organisations comply with National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research guidelines.

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

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The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) guidelines ‘Primate accommodation, care and use’ are a condition of funding of the major research council and charitable funders of primate research. The NC3Rs advises the funding bodies on implementation of the principles in the guidance. The guidelines apply to any research involving primates conducted in the UK and abroad which is funded by the NC3Rs, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Medical Research Council, Royal Society, Wellcome Trust or other AMRC charities. Researchers and their host establishments are responsible for applying the guidelines.

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