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Bovine Tuberculosis

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle have been slaughtered following tuberculosis infection in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by county; what progress his Department's TB eradication group has made; and if he will make a statement. (244415)

The information is shown in the following table.

Total animals slaughtered under bovine TB control measures in England

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Avon

523

567

591

325

436

Bedfordshire

0

0

0

2

0

Berkshire

4

3

2

1

7

Buckinghamshire

43

1

11

21

100

Cambridgeshire

2

0

0

2

0

Cheshire

874

425

248

149

247

Cleveland

2

1

0

4

1

Cornwall

2,494

2,415

3,490

1,697

2,394

Cumbria

275

510

168

114

29

Derbyshire

356

321

608

463

427

Devon

2,767

4,758

6,660

4,471

5,388

Dorset

408

413

450

336

657

Durham

5

3

3

0

11

East Sussex

31

48

58

125

43

Essex

1

0

0

1

0

Gloucestershire

1,926

1,287

2,426

1,506

1,666

Greater London—East

0

0

0

0

0

Greater London—South East

0

2

0

0

0

Greater Manchester

2

13

3

3

14

Hampshire

13

17

21

30

94

Hereford and Worcestershire

2,680

2,686

3,698

2,823

2,674

Hertfordshire

0

0

0

0

0

Humberside

1

9

5

27

32

Isle of Wight

1

6

0

0

0

Isles of Scilly

0

0

0

0

0

Kent

4

1

3

10

90

Lancashire

9

4

45

19

44

Leicestershire

82

104

44

90

179

Lincolnshire

4

11

66

23

34

Merseyside

0

0

20

3

0

Norfolk

1

2

0

1

53

North Yorkshire (48)

22

168

69

8

90

North Yorkshire (50)

1

1

2

3

4

Northamptonshire

19

18

26

45

88

Northumberland

27

11

31

28

12

Nottinghamshire

1

17

1

5

4

Oxfordshire

11

15

16

20

149

Shropshire

473

757

856

877

1,128

Somerset

1,051

932

965

915

1,314

South Yorkshire

1

1

0

1

1

Staffordshire

1,205

626

1,297

1,051

1,201

Suffolk

0

2

0

13

14

Surrey

2

10

1

0

5

Tyne & Wear

0

0

0

0

0

Warwickshire

34

47

129

89

154

West Midlands

1

0

1

2

34

West Sussex

15

10

3

11

12

West Yorkshire

0

4

5

3

129

Wiltshire

1,180

1,080

1,113

660

835

Total

17,551

17,306

23,135

16,007

19,794

Data are available from 2003 to 2007. There is no full county breakdown available for this year.

The TB Eradication Group for England has met twice since the Secretary of State announced the establishment of the group on 3 November. The Group has discussed its work programme and priorities; the scientific evidence provided to the Secretary of State which formed part of the basis for his decision on badger culling; and the possible content of an eradication plan (including a discussion with the European Commission). The Group has also considered proposals for a revised policy on inconclusive reactors.

The TB Eradication Group's remit includes reviewing the current TB strategy and control measures and developing a plan for reducing the incidence of bovine TB in cattle in England. It will make recommendations to the Secretary of State on the disease and its eradication.