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Animal Experiments: Primates

Home Office written question – answered on 8th December 2017.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2017 to Question 112016 on Animal Experiments: Primates, what steps she has taken to ensure that the harm benefit test in section 5B(3)(d) of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and the re-use provisions in section 14, can identify effectively a non-human primate that has previously undergone procedures.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

All non-human primates used under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act (1986) (ASPA), which have previously undergone procedures, can be effectively identified through their individual history files. A file must be kept for each non-human primate as required by Standard Condition 9 of establishment licences held under ASPA. Such files will include a record of the programmes of work involving their use in regulated procedures.

Section 14.1 of ASPA requires that a protected animal which has been subjected to one or more regulated procedures under the Act, must not be used for a further regulated procedure unless the Secretary of State has consented to such further use and specified conditions are met.

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