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Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps he has taken to ensure that any badger cull in Shrewsbury and Atcham is not undermined by different procedures in Wales; (76185)

(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.