HC Deb 09 May 1944 vol 399 cc1741-2W
Mr. Viant

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Departmeit how many experiments on living animals, performed under the Act, 39 and 40 Vict., Ch. 77, have been reported to him for the years 1939 to 1943.

Mr. H. Morrison

The published return for 1939 shows that the total number of experiments performed in that year was 954,691, of which, as pointed out on page 5 of the return, a large number were almost wholly simple inoculations and similar proceedings performed either on behalf of official bodies with a view to the preservation of the public health or directly for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The figures for the next three years were:

1940 889,677
1941 764,013
1942 932,448

I regret the figures for 1943 are not yet available.

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