HL Deb 06 December 1977 vol 387 cc1608-10WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What species and numbers of primates have been imported for research purposes during the latest year for which details are available, and how this compares with the previous year.


Our anti-rabies quarantine records show that 2,030 primates were imported into research premises in Great Britain during 1976. A further 7,974 were imported into acclimatisation premises supplying animals for research: many of these are eventually sent overseas. The comparable figures for 1975 were approximately 2,400 and 7,900 respectively.

Species imported were:

1975 1976
Baboons Baboons
Chimpanzee (1 only) Cynomolgus
Cynomolgus Douroucoulis
Douroucoulis Grass Monkeys
Drills (2 only) Macaques
Grass Monkeys Marmosets
Macaques Patas
Marmosets Rhesus

1975 1976
Patas Spider
Rhesus Squirrel Monkeys
Squirrel Monkeys Tamarin
Talapoin (2 only)
Tree Shrews

The number of each species is not readily available, except where shown.

House adjourned at six minutes before ten o'clock.