HC Deb 04 July 2003 vol 408 cc548-9W
Norman Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much he has spent on researching alternatives to animal testing in each of the last 20 years; [122654]

(2) how much he has spent on animal test research in each of the last 20 years. [122655]

Caroline Flint

Since the financial year 1988–89, the Home Office has made a budget available to the Animal Procedures Committee (APC) for the development and promotion of alternatives which replace animal use, reduce the number of animals used, or refine the procedures involved to minimise suffering. Work aimed at improving the environmental conditions in which laboratory animals are kept and transported has also been sponsored. Details of completed research are published in the annual reports of the Animal Procedures Committee, which are available from The Stationery Office and, for recent years, on the Committee's website. The budget provided to the APC and, where available, the actual expenditure, in each year since 1988–89 was as follows.

Animal Procedures Committee budget
Financial year Budget allocated Actual spend
1988–89 60,000 70,000
1989–90 120,000 n/a
1990–91 122,000 n/a
1991–92 215,000 n/a
1992–93 253,000 n/a
1993–94 308,000 n/a
1994–95 273,000 n/a
1995–96 253,000 n/a
1996–97 242,000 242,000
1997–98 182,000 181,621
1998–99 259,000 257,141
1999–2000 259,000 275,000
2000–01 265,000 170,203
2001–02 280,000 173,906
2002–03 280,000 272,104

The Home Office has no regulatory requirement for animal test data and does not incur expenditure on such research. Nor do Home Office records show any expenditure on any one-off research projects requiring such data.