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Animal Experiments: Licensing

Question for Home Office

UIN 76605, tabled on 17 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many licences are in operation that use the forced swim test for the screening of antidepressant drugs; and what assessment she has made of the potential merits of withdrawing licences for operations that use the test for that purpose.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

23 November 2021

Data are not collected on numbers of project licences that include the forced swim test.

No assessment has been made as to the potential merits of withdrawing licences for operations that use the test for the purpose of screening antidepressant drugs.

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Home Office
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