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Bovine Tb

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many herd breakdowns there have been in each of the last five years owing to a positive reaction to the test for bovine tuberculosis in each region of England; and how many of those herds were closed herds, with no stock brought onto the farms in question in the period since any previous tests. [110757]

The number of new herd incidents by county 1998–2002 is given in the following table:

19981999200020012002
England—Total1,2241,3321,4165122,582
Avon4250531898
Bedfordshire111
Berkshire1211
Buckinghamshire54513
Cambridgeshire2
Cheshire115427
Cleveland1
Cornwall21322122881451
Cumbria894233
Derbyshire1848231665
Devon191244282103524
Dorset3440321991
Durham23
East Sussex387313
Essex32
Gloucestershire20718622748285
Greater London—East1
Greater London—South East
Greater Manchester612
Hampshire31426
Hereford and Worcester18620422287328
Hertford3112
Humberside11523
Isle of Wight11
Isles of Scilly
Kent11
Lancashire19457
Leicestershire23318
Lincolnshire11234
Merseyside
Norfolk11
North Yorkshire12118
Northamptonshire21518
Northumberland788326
Nottinghamshire4514
Oxfordshire95313
Shropshire2317391167
Somerset778210229165
South Yorkshire12
Staffordshire69634851172
Suffolk11
Surrey11
Tyne and Wear1
Warwickshire264115
West Midlands112
West Sussex113
West Yorkshire2
Wiltshire65978628147

Note:

1. In 2001, the TB testing and control programme was largely suspended due to the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak. Since testing resumed in 2002, resources have been concentrated on herds with overdue TB tests which would have had a longer period in which to contract the disease. Also the proportion of high risk herds being tested post-FMD is greater than that prior to the outbreak. As a result, the number of new herd incidents in 2002 is not comparable to that of previous years.

2. No data are available on the number of closed herds.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle were slaughtered in the last five years in (a) England and Wales and (b) Herefordshire and Worcestershire as part of the campaign against tuberculosis. [111017]

The information requested is given in the following table.

Number of cattle slaughtered under bovine tuberculosis control measures 1998–2002
Number of cattle slaughtered1
(a) England and Wales(b) Herefordshire and Worcestershire
19985,788786
19996,708843
20008,2951,038
20015,888706
200222,6822,729
1TB reactors plus direct contacts.

Note:

In 2001, the TB testing and control programme was largely suspended due to the foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak. Since testing resumed in 2002, resources have been concentrated on herds with overdue TB tests. The herds (and individual animals within the herds) would have had a longer period in which to contract the disease. Also the proportion of high risk herds being tested post-FMD is greater than that prior to the outbreak. As a result, the numbers of reactors identified and slaughtered in 2002 is not comparable to those identified and slaughtered in previous years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the incidence of TB in cattle for (a) England and Wales and (b) the counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire in the last five years was. [111018]

The figures requested are given in the following table.

TB herd incidence 1998–20021
(a) TB herd incidence England and Wales(b) TB herd incidence Herefordshire and Worcestershire
19982.306.07
19992.556.40
20003.147.65
20014.199.17
20024.5211.70
1Confirmed new herd incidents as a percentage of tests on unrestricted herds.
Note:
In 2001, the TB testing and control programme was largely suspended due to the foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak. Since testing resumed in 2002, resources have been concentrated on herds with overdue TB tests which would have had a longer period in which to contract the disease. Also the proportion of high risk herds being tested post-FMD is greater than that prior to the outbreak. As a result, herd incidence in 2002 is not comparable to that of previous years.