asked Her Majesty's Government:
Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs, Jonathan Shaw, on 10 December 2007 (Official Report, cols. 20-21W), whether a decision has been reached concerning the bids from three companies for the production of a blue tongue vaccine. [HL1267]
On 19 December, following a rigorous tender process, Defra announced that it has placed a firm order with pharmaceutical company Intervet to supply 22.5 million doses of bluetongue vaccine for use in England and Wales. This order will ensure that vaccine will be available as soon as possible in early summer.