§ Mr. John Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the reduction in the number of experiments following the ban on the testing on animals of cosmetic experiments and ingredients. 
§ Mr. George Howarth
I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Milton Keynes, South-West (Dr. Starkey), on 15 February 1999,Official Report, column 598an average of about 2,000 animals a year were used in cosmetics testing from 1995 to 1997.