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Urban Animals

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 4 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on public health of the change in numbers of (a) pigeons, (b) rats and (c) urban foxes in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [110151]

The data on the species identified are not available. The abundance of pigeons, rats and urban foxes has not been brought to the attention of the UK Zoonoses Group or the previous Zoonoses Group for England as a national public health issue.