Badgers (Bovine Tuberculosis)

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 4th November 2010.

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Photo of Mary Glindon Mary Glindon Labour, North Tyneside 10:30 am, 4th November 2010

What recent representations she has received on the proposed cull of badgers to reduce the spread of bovine tuberculosis.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

A public consultation is currently under way on a badger control policy to tackle bovine tuberculosis. As of yesterday evening, we have received 1,613 responses from a variety of individuals and organisations. I would encourage anyone with a view to respond to the consultation, which closes on 8 December. We will be making a decision on the Government's approach early next year.

Photo of Mary Glindon Mary Glindon Labour, North Tyneside

What public order advice has the Minister received on badger cull licences?

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We have been consulting the Home Office and police forces in areas where we think culls might occur, and we will obviously take their advice forward. I do not want to prejudge the outcome of the consultation or, indeed, our consideration of it, but the hon. Lady puts her finger on a very important point, which has to be addressed in the overall approach that we adopt. I can assure her that we are talking with the relevant bodies and authorities.