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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 Martin Horwood Martin Horwood Liberal Democrat, Cheltenham 1:35 pm, 13th March 2014

I agree with the hon. Gentleman that the badger cull was the wrong thing to do and that we should have followed Scotland’s example, as it achieved BTB-free status in 2009 without culling anything. However, he must acknowledge the point made by my hon. Friend Mr Heath, which he also announced when he was a Minister: the Government have also done the right thing by restricting cattle movement, which is probably a contributory factor in the fact that bovine TB incidence is now falling in England.