Animal Experiments

Home Office written question – answered on 13th December 2021.

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Photo of Margaret Ferrier Margaret Ferrier Independent, Rutherglen and Hamilton West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2021 to Question 80331 on Animal Experiments, what plans her Department has to (a) record future deaths of animals at licensed testing facilities and (b) ensure that unnecessary animal deaths at licensed testing facilities are investigated.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The Home Office does not hold information on, nor has plans to record future deaths of animals that occur at licensed scientific testing facilities.

Licences issued under the authority of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 require notification to the Home Office if the severity limits and/or controls described in the licence appear to have been, or are likely to be breached. This includes the unexpected deaths of animals. Notifications are reviewed by the Regulator and cases are further investigated where required to evaluate compliance with licence authorities.

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