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Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice his Department has given to local authorities on the handling and processing of the testing of badgers for tuberculosis. (110999)

When undertaking surveys involving the post mortem and testing of badgers for tuberculosis, Defra has enlisted the help of a range of interested parties including local authorities and the Highways Agency to report the location of carcases. Reported carcases have subsequently been collected and processed by Defra staff, working to a risk-based health and safety code. This code is made available to others involved or on request.