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Tuberculosis

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 5 July 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has plans to review his policy towards tuberculosis control; and if he will make a statement.

The tuberculosis control policy is kept under constant review to ensure its continued effectiveness.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many badgers have been slaughtered due to tuberculosis on a county-by-county basis for each year since 1985; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested is as follows:

19851986198719881989
Avon1038837110129
Cornwall302270117100176
Devon433191193180
Dorset27627627713
Dyfed574119275
Gloucestershire238260235242206
Somerset66523
East and West Sussex4
Wiltshire906585618
Total1,119782711778727

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what information he has and what research he has carried out into the possible transmission of bovine tuberculosis from cattle to cattle by nose contact; and if he will make a statement.

Largely because of the effectiveness of routine cattle testing, the transmission of bovine tuberculosis both within herds and between contiguous premises in Great Britain is rare. The possible origin of infection in all confirmed herd breakdowns is investigated. Movements on to farms and badger activity have been shown to be far more significant.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many cattle have been slaughtered as a result of tuberculosis by county for each year since 1985.

The following table sets out for counties in England and Wales for the years 1986–89 the numbers of cattle slaughtered under the Tuberculosis (England and Wales) Order 1984. Counties not shown have no record of any slaughter. Information in the form requested is not available for 1985.

19861987198819891
Berkshire11
Buckinghamshire1
Hampshire3322
Isle of Wight1
Surrey71
East Sussex32
West Sussex23
Bedfordshire2
Cambridgeshire1
Essex15
Hertfordshire22
Lincolnshire116
Norfolk31
Suffolk14
Cleveland2
Cumbria3111
Durham3
Northumberland3191
Yorkshire9664
Humberside7
Cornwall101173118244
Devon4615917388
Dorset21334933
Gloucestershire501467692
Avon431710295
Somerset943137
Wiltshire25229102
Cheshire2251
Derbyshire139
Hereford and Worcester192425
Lancashire10251912
Leicestershire312910
Merseyside51
Nottinghamshire13
Shropshire11513
Staffordshire521514
Warwickshire5323
Greater Manchester5711
Powys116147
Gwynedd1
Dyfed82685251
Clwyd4
South Glamorgan1
West Glamorgan2
Gwent17
Total475803715869
1 Provisional.