This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Testing of Botulinum Toxin ("Botox") on Animals (2012)'.


 
 
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Mr Luke Steele 
[FOI #172534 email] 
 
 
  
 
29 August 2013 
 
 
Dear Mr Steele 
 
Freedom of Information Request 
 
I write further to my letter of the 15 August about your request asking: 
 
 1. During 2012, how many project licences for the testing of Botox were 
issued or remained active? 
 
2. During 2012, how many project licenses which concerned the testing of 
Botox were declines? 
 
3. During 2012, which tests (Including, but not limited, LD-50) were used for 
the testing of Botox? 
 
4. Listed by species, how many animals were used in the testing of Botox 
during 2012? 
 
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Freedom of Information Act 2000.  The Home Office holds the information you 
have asked for but is prevented from releasing it. Exemption under section  
44(1)(a) of the FOI Act applies as well as adherence to the Code of Practice 
for Official Statistics.  Full details are in the annex attached to this letter. 
 
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Yours sincerely 
 
 
 
Steve Newnham 
Home Office Science 

Annex 
 
1. During 2012, how many project licences for the testing of Botox were 
issued or remained active?   
 
In line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics (Implementing the 
Statistics and Registration Act 2007) and the National Statistic’s guidance 
“Confidentiality of Official Statistics”, providing the information requested 
would breech statistical confidentiality relating to individual establishments. 
 
2. During 2012, how many project licenses which concerned the testing of 
Botox were declines?  
 
In line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics (Implementing the 
Statistics and Registration Act 2007) and the National Statistic’s guidance 
“Confidentiality of Official Statistics”, providing the information requested 
would breech statistical confidentiality relating to individual establishments. 
3. During 2012, which tests (Including, but not limited, LD-50) were used for 
the testing of Botox? 
4. Listed by species, how many animals were used in the testing of Botox 
during 2012? 
Details of the numbers of animals and procedures used for toxicological 
purposes can be found in the Annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on 
Living Animals Great Britain 2012 which can be accessed through our website 
at:  https://www.gov.uk/research-and-testing-using-animals 
The Home Office does not publish data broken down further than that 
published in the annual statistics. Statistics for individual licences are provided 
in confidence and received in confidence by Home Office staff.  Exemption 
under section 44(1)(a) of the FOI Act applies. 
 
Section 44(1)(a) Prohibitions on Disclosure 
  
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months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both.