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Bovine Tuberculosis

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals have been subject to pre-movement testing for tuberculosis since it was introduced; and how many of those animals tested produced (a) a positive reaction and (b) inconclusive results in each county. (112613)

The information requested is set out in the following table.

Number

County

Specific pre-movement animal tests carried out between 23 September 2005 and 23 January 2007

Reactors found

Inconclusive reactors found

Suffolk

5

0

0

Cambridgeshire

0

0

0

Norfolk

0

0

0

Cumbria

13,540

2

8

Bedfordshire

0

0

0

Essex

0

0

0

Hertfordshire

0

0

0

Greater London (East)

0

0

0

Devon

37,007

109

166

Avon

6,554

9

16

Gloucestershire

6,876

40

24

Wiltshire

8,431

10

39

North Yorkshire

72

0

0

South Yorkshire

0

0

0

West Yorkshire

0

0

0

Leicestershire

2,338

6

2

Northamptonshire

1,632

0

4

Warwickshire

1,110

1

3

West Midlands

156

0

0

Humberside

52

0

0

Lincolnshire

7

0

0

Nottinghamshire

97

0

0

Durham

1

0

0

Northumberland

2,494

1

3

Tyne and Wear

0

0

0

Cleveland

0

0

0

Greater Manchester

330

0

5

Lancashire

1,910

0

2

Merseyside

137

0

0

Berkshire

261

0

2

Buckinghamshire

518

0

1

Hampshire

100

0

0

Oxfordshire

508

0

0

Isle of Wight

0

0

0

East Sussex

913

2

2

Kent

160

0

0

West Sussex

5

0

0

Surrey

0

0

0

Greater London (South)

0

0

0

Cheshire

10,431

4

8

Derbyshire

10,015

10

6

Staffordshire

26,576

11

21

Dorset

8,179

4

25

Somerset

13,798

16

38

Cornwall

20,383

35

48

Isles of Scilly

0

0

0

Hereford and Worcester

7,808

20

44

Shropshire

13,109

15

10

Total

195,513

295

477

Herd owners can utilise their routine tuberculosis surveillance tests paid for by the Government as pre-movement tests if animals are moved within 60 days after that test.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers have refused to co-operate in either pre-movement testing or the regular bovine tuberculosis test. (117987)

Bovine TB controls, including TB testing, are statutory under European and domestic legislation. Cattle owners have a legal obligation to present their animals for testing in compliance with these provisions.

In England, over 85 per cent. of eligible reported cattle movements are currently compliant with pre-movement testing rules.

As at the end of November 2006, which is the most up to date figure available, 3,091 herds were overdue a bovine tuberculosis test, and had been placed under restriction. A small proportion of these would be cases where a farmer was refusing to allow a test to be carried out.