LPT Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology: Animal Experiments

Home Office written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Sue Hayman Sue Hayman Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of the findings of the Cruelty Free International and SOKO Tierschutz investigation of contract animal testing facility the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Germany.

Photo of Sue Hayman Sue Hayman Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to inspect UK contract animal testing laboratories with reference to the recent findings of the Cruelty Free International and SOKO Tierschutz investigation of the contract animal testing facility Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Germany.

Photo of Sue Hayman Sue Hayman Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any Government Departments or agencies (a) have sponsored and (b) are sponsoring any research at the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology contract animal testing facility in Germany.

Photo of Sue Hayman Sue Hayman Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on whether animals housed at the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Germany have been exported from the UK.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The delivery of the animals in science regulatory framework provides oversight, rigour and scrutiny. The HO publishes guidance and a code of practice on the housing and care that explain how the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) is administered and enforced.

Animals in Science Regulation Unit (ASRU) inspection programme is a cornerstone for the protection of animals used for experimental or other scientific procedures. Home Office Inspectors undertake visits, within a risk-based framework, to all establishments licensed to breed or supply animals, or to carry out regulated procedures on animals under the ASPA in Great Britain, to inspect the welfare, health and environment of the animals at the facility. All inspectors are veterinary or medical professionals.

The Home Office does not sponsor research relating to animals used in science.

The Home Office does not hold information requested with regards to exported animals.

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