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Backbench Business — Badger Cull

Part of Royal Assent – in the House of Commons at 1:35 pm on 13th March 2014.

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Photo of Russell Brown Russell Brown Shadow Minister (Scotland) 1:35 pm, 13th March 2014

I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. Let us be honest: from time to time, we in this Chamber should realise that no one side has a monopoly on the answers to the problems, whether those problems are in our rural communities or our cities, although we must recognise that certain views sometimes need to be more respected on certain occasions.

I was referring to the leaked report and to the issue of humaneness. It has been suggested that no more than 5% of the badgers should take more than five minutes to die, but the IEP found that the actual figure was between 6.4% and 18%. Over time, the Opposition have made a series of reasonable, rational and, importantly, cross-party requests of the Government, none of which have been met to date.