Animal Experiments

Home Department written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of licence applications under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 were (a) granted and (b) rejected in each of the last three years.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Details of the number of licences granted and rejected under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 for the last three years are shown in the following table.

A feature of the regulatory regime under the 1986 Act is the discussion that often takes place at an early stage between applicants (or prospective applicants) and the Animals in Science Regulation Unit Inspectorate. This means that proposals unlikely to meet the Act's stringent requirements are revised or withdrawn before formal refusal becomes necessary.

Granted in 2008 Refused in 2008 Granted in 2009 Refused in 2009 Granted in 2010 Refused in 2009
Project licences 695 0 541 0 515 0
Personal licences 2,835 0 2,645 0 2,664 0
Certificates of designation 2 0 7 0 4 0

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