(2) whether he plans to start the cull of badgers on the same date in England as in Wales.
No decision has yet been made on whether to cull badgers. However, given the seriousness of the disease situation. We aim to proceed as quickly as possible while giving the issue the thorough consideration it requires. The decision is not a simple one and we are taking into account all the evidence.
In considering this decision we will liaise closely with the Welsh Assembly Government.