HC Deb 27 July 1955 vol 544 c168W
Mr. Viant

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations the action which he took in contact with the Government of India in relation to the shortage of monkeys which was referred to in answer to a Question on 25th April in the last Session of Parliament.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

When the export licensing procedure for monkeys was introduced by the Government of India in March, 1955, steps were taken to inform the Government of India, through the United Kingdom Trade Commissioner in Delhi, of the likely demand in 1955 for monkeys on the part of our research organisations, including their programmes for the production and testing of poliomyelitis vaccine. Sufficient licences to cover the immediate demand were issued in May, and we have assurances of future licences to cover the full requirement estimated for this year.