Animal Experiments

Home Department written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many project licences have been approved for scientific procedures that include procedures on (a) cats and (b) dogs in each of the last five years; and what the severity limit of each such procedure was.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Minister of State, Home Department

From the information available to us, details of the numbers of project licences granted from 2009 to 2012 under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 authorising the use of cats and dogs, and the overall severity band of the licences, are given in the attached table, ie 41 projects using dogs and 14 projects using cats from 2009-13 inclusive.

During 2013 five licences authorising the use of dogs were granted, one authorising the use of cats and one authorising the use of both cats and dogs. Following the implementation of European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes on 1 January 2013 there has no longer been a requirement to allocate an overall severity band to project licences.

The information for the severity limit of each individual procedure is not held centrally and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

    Overall severity
  Licences granted Mild Moderate
2009 5 3 2
2010 5 4 1
2011 9 3 6
2012 10 4 6
2009 2 1 1
2010 1 - 1
2011 0 - -
2012 3 - 3
Cats and dogs      
2009 0 - -
2010 2 2 -
2011 2 2 -
2012 2 1 1

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