Porton Down: Animal Experiments

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd April 2020.

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Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Justice Team Member)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether researchers at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Porton Down are working on animal model development; and how much funding that laboratory has allocated to developing non-animal research methods in each of the last three years.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is developing and using animal models where this is necessary to understand and mitigate potential hazards to UK Service personnel and civilians

The principles of the "three Rs" of 'reduce' (the number of animals used), 'refine' (animal procedures) and 'replace' (animal experiments with non-animal alternatives) are integral to all animal procedures at Dstl, and so separate allocations for developing non-animal research methods cannot be identified.

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