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Badgers: Disease Control

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to cull badgers. (169547)

No decision has been made on whether badger culling has a role to play in controlling bovine TB in cattle. We are currently considering this complex issue, taking into account all the available evidence, including the final report of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB (ISG) and the assessment of the scientific evidence made by the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King. We will be discussing the matter with interested parties, including Professor John Bourne, former Chair of the ISG, and Sir David King, and will take account of the views of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee following its inquiry into badgers and bovine TB.

While we are keen to make progress on reaching a decision, there is no specific timetable for doing so.