Dear Sir or Madam,
I write to request information concerning experimentation on or other work involving live animals undertaken by the University of Bristol, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please would you provide me with the following information:
1. The numbers of regulated procedures within the meaning of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 carried out by the University, in each year for which you hold data.
2. A breakdown by species of the numbers of animals used in these procedures, in each year for which you hold data.
3. A breakdown of currently held project licences within the meaning of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 by maximum severity limits for procedures, for the unclassified, mild, moderate and substantial limits.
4. Minutes, reports and correspondence of the University Ethics of Research Committee and any Departmental or Faculty Ethics Committees, from the last three years, and any guidance issued by these committees at any time if it is currently in use, where these relate to experimentation on or other work involving live animals.
5. Minutes, reports and correspondence of the University Research Committee and any Departmental or Faculty Research Committees, from the last three years, and any guidance issued by these committees at any time if it is currently in use, where these relate to experimentation on or other work involving live animals.
6. The courses, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, currently offering the opportunity to participate or requiring participation in experimentation on or other work involving live animals.
7. The total estimated cost of research, teaching and training involving experimentation on or other work involving live animals, in each year for which you hold data, including some information relating to how the figure was arrived at and what expenditure is included.
8. Copies of the annual statistical returns of procedures carried out under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 submitted to the Home Office, in each year for which you hold data.
9. The numbers of animals procured and subsequently killed as surplus to the requirements of programmes of work, in each year for which you hold data.
I would like to stress that I am not interested in information that identifies individuals who are or were involved in animal experimentation. I am happy for you to redact names from information you release if you believe this to be appropriate. I have structured the request as a list of numbered specific enquiries so that if there are problems in fulfilling some of these, it should be possible for you to proceed with the others. Furthermore, I am happy for the phrase "each year for which you hold data", as found in several of the requests above, to be altered to "each of the last three years" if, and only if, this would prevent the cost of providing a response from exceeding the statutory limit.
I believe that this request is clear and reasonable. If you require any clarification from me in order to comply with the request, please contact me at the earliest opportunity. I look forward to receiving the information requested within 20 working days. If for any reason you are not able to provide the information within that time please write to me explaining why, and telling me when you expect to provide the information.
I am grateful for your time and assistance in this matter.
This email is to confirm receipt of your recent Freedom of Information
We will respond to your request as soon as possible and before the 20
working day deadline of 18th May 2009 (taking into account the May bank
I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request dated 16th
April 2009 regarding work involving live animals at the University of
I have attached a document providing answers to your questions and there
are further attachments in relation to some of your questions.
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