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Parliamentary Written Question (Correction)

Volume 542: debated on Tuesday 27 March 2012

I regret to inform the House that incomplete information was provided in the answer I gave to parliamentary question 98309 on 6 March, Official Report, column 669W, concerning how many cattle have been culled as a result of contracting diseases in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Cumbria in each of the last 10 years. My answer to the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Tim Farron) did not reflect the full range of notifiable diseases which were relevant to the question.

The information that should have appeared is set out below:

Cattle culled as a result of contracting bovine TB, foot and mouth disease (FMD), bluetongue, BSE and Brucellosis in the formats held by DEFRA, follows:

For bovine TB, the figures can be found on DEFRA’s website at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/statistics/foodfarm/landuselivestock/cattletb/

The following table shows the number of cattle and sheep culled by DEFRA for exotic notifiable disease control purposes. The 2007 figure for cattle comprises of 982 for FMD and 5 for bluetongue:

YearEnglandNorth WestCumbria

Cattle

Cattle

Cattle

2002

0

0

0

2003

0

0

0

2004

0

0

0

2005

0

0

0

2006

0

0

0

2007

987

0

0

2008

0

0

0

2009

0

0

0

2010

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

The following table shows the number of cattle culled on suspicion of BSE and the number of confirmed cases:

YearEnglandNorthwest(Cumbria, Cheshire & Lancashire)Cumbria

Slaughtered as suspects

Confirmed BSE cases

Slaughtered as suspects

Confirmed

BSE

cases

Slaughtered as suspects

Confirmed BSE cases

2002

687

387

61

28

40

17

2003

341

141

27

10

21

4

2004

259

70

35

9

16

4

2005

122

35

14

4

9

3

2006

96

10

8

2

3

1

2007

53

7

10

1

5

0

2008

28

1

2

0

1

0

2009

12

1

0

0

0

0

2010

11

0

1

0

0

0

2011

9

0

0

0

0

0

2012

1

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

1,619

652

158

54

95

29

The following table shows the number of cattle culled as offspring of confirmed BSE cases and the number of confirmed cases:

YearEnglandNorthwest(Cumbria, Cheshire &Lancashire)Cumbria

Slaughtered

Confirmed BSE cases

Slaughtered

Confirmed

BSE

cases

Slaughtered

Confirmed

BSE

cases

2002

620

0

40

0

24

0

2003

292

0

20

0

11

0

2004

200

0

23

0

11

0

2005

126

0

12

0

5

0

2006

27

0

1

0

0

0

2007

0

0

0

0

0

0

2008

0

0

0

0

0

0

2009

0

0

0

0

0

0

2010

0

0

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

1,265

0

96

0

51

0

The following table shows the number of cattle culled as birth cohorts of confirmed BSE cases and the number of confirmed cases:

YearEnglandNorthwest(Cumbria, Cheshire & Lancashire)Cumbria

Slaughtered

Confirmed BSE cases

Slaughtered

Confirmed BSE cases

Slaughtered

Confirmed

BSE

cases

2002

0

0

0

0

0

0

2003

0

0

0

0

0

0

2004

3

0

0

0

0

0

2005

2,428

2

283

0

95

0

2006

528

0

41

0

16

0

2007

317

0

4

0

2

0

2008

131

0

7

0

5

0

2009

45

0

5

0

3

0

2010

184

0

123

0

0

0

2011

25

0

1

0

0

0

2012

8

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

3,669

2

464

0

121

0

The following table shows the number of cattle culled under the over 30 months scheme and older cattle disposal scheme and the number of confirmed BSE cases:

YearEnglandNorthwest(Cumbria, Cheshire &Lancashire)Cumbria

Slaughtered

Confirmed BSE cases

Slaughtered

Confirmed

BSE

cases

Slaughtered

Confirmed BSE cases

2002

101,790

11

11,611

2

6,286

1

2003

149,235

13

21,905

1

12,638

1

2004

216,877

7

32,770

1

19,153

1

2005

194,243

4

30,569

2

18,641

1

2006

29,106

2

4,335

0

2,739

0

2007

14,684

0

1,811

0

1,202

0

2008

16,645

1

1,765

0

1,165

0

2009

280

0

22

0

4

0

2010

0

0

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

722,860

38

104,788

6

61,828

4

The following table shows the number of cattle culled as a result of Brucellosis which, it should be noted, is based on the best information available:

Year

England

North West

Cumbria

2002

0

0

0

2003

0

0

0

2004

167

0

0

2005

20 (represents whole of GB.; England only figure not available)

0

0

2006

5 (includes Scotland; England only figure not available)

0

0

2007

0

0

0

2008

0

0

0

2009

0

0

0

2010

1

0

0

2011

0

0

0