HC Deb 10 June 2002 vol 386 cc750-1W
Norman Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many animal experiments, broken down by recorded category, were carried out at Porton Down in 2001. [59716]

Dr. Moonie

Dstl Porton Down submits annual returns to the Home Office detailing the number of procedures undertaken which involve the use of animals.

In the year 2001 a total of 12,955 procedures were returned to the Home Office by Dstl Porton Down. As defined in the Home Office recorded category of primary purpose: 7,074 of these procedures were undertaken for fundamental biological research; 5,674 of the procedures for applied studies—human medicine; 108 procedures for the protection of man, animals and the environment and 99 procedures for direct diagnosis.

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