Use of Animals in Research by SASA

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Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information Relating to the Use of Animals in Research by SASA

To Whom It May Concern,

I write in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“The Act”) to request the disclosure of data held which concerns the use of animals in research by the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency (“SASA”). For the avoidance of doubt the term 'animal research' is defined as that governed by the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (“ASPA”).

The information I wish to request is as follows:

1) By species; how many animals were used and subsequently procured as part of research by SASA in 2011?

2) By species; how many animals were bred for research purposes by SASA in 2011? In the case of rodents, please list by genetic strain and specify for which patents are held.

3) Copies of any minutes from, or communications relating to, Ethical Review Committee (“ERC”) meetings, or boards of a similar nature for which your establishment uses a different title, for 2011.

I must stress that I am not interested in data which identifies those under the institution's employ and wholly agree for such personal information to be redacted.

As I am sure you are aware, The Act dictates that a response must be given within 20 days of receipt of this request. In the eventuality of any delay, I request that you keep me informed. If there are any matters on which you seek clarity, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks for your assistance and time spent in handling my request.

Kind Regards,

Luke Steele

Jill Tivey,

Dear Mr Steele

 

Thank you for your request dated 21 January 2013 under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the disclosure of data held
which concerns the use of animals in research by the Scottish Agricultural
Science Agency (SASA).

 

We received your request on 22 January 2013 and will respond in accordance
with FOISA by 19 February 2013.

 

If you have any queries, please contact me quoting case number
FoI/13/00095.

 

Please note that in April 2008 SASA was merged into the core Scottish
Government and is now known as Science and Advice for Scottish
Agriculture. It is currently a division of the Scottish Government
Agriculture, Food and Rural Communities Directorate.

 

Regards

 

Jill

 

Jill Tivey
Librarian & Information Manager -  Library

Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA)
Roddinglaw Road, Edinburgh, EH12 9FJ, UK
T: +44(0)131 244 8826  | F: +44(0)131 244 8940
E: [email address].uk  |  W: [1]www.sasa.gov.uk

SASA is a Division of the Scottish Government Agriculture, Food and Rural
Communities Directorate

 

 

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Gordon Machray,

Dear Mr Steele

Thank you for your request dated 21 January 2013 under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) ie

"I write in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("The
Act") to request the disclosure of data held which concerns the use of
animals in research by the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency
("SASA"). For the avoidance of doubt the term 'animal research' is
defined as that governed by the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986
("ASPA").

The information I wish to request is as follows:

1) By species; how many animals were used and subsequently procured
as part of research by SASA in 2011?

2) By species; how many animals were bred for research purposes by
SASA in 2011? In the case of rodents, please list by genetic strain
and specify for which patents are held.

3) Copies of any minutes from, or communications relating to,
Ethical Review Committee ("ERC") meetings, or boards of a similar
nature for which your establishment uses a different title, for
2011.

I must stress that I am not interested in data which identifies those
under the institution's employ and wholly agree for such personal
information to be redacted."

We have completed our search for the information you request and our
responses are as follows:

1) No animals were used or procured as part of 'animal research' by SASA
in 2011 or since.

2) No animals were bred as part of 'animal research' by SASA in 2011 or
since.

3) There was no ERC or equivalent at SASA in 2011 or since.

If you are unhappy with this response to your request, you may ask us to
carry out an internal review, by writing to Dr Jonathan Pryce, Director
for Agriculture, Food & Rural Communities, Q1 Spur, Saughton House,
Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD. Your request should explain why
you wish a review to be carried out, and should be made within 40
working days of receipt of this letter, and we will reply within 20
working days of receipt. If you are not satisfied with the result of the
review, you then have the right to make a formal complaint to the
Scottish Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely

SASA FOI response