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Backbench Business — Badger Cull

Part of Royal Assent – in the House of Commons at 1:45 pm on 13th March 2014.

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Photo of Bill Wiggin Bill Wiggin Conservative, North Herefordshire 1:45 pm, 13th March 2014

I hope that the hon. Lady agrees that I have been generous in giving way to her, because she had quite a long time to have her say. I regret bitterly that in her speech she did not condemn the activities of people protesting that might have meant that the tests took longer. She should have done that, because whatever the report concludes about the trials, it is indisputable that what applies to one species should apply to the others. If we cull cattle, we should cull badgers. If we vaccinate badgers, we should vaccinate cattle. It is inconsistent treatment of one species or the other that damages disease control. That is proven by the spread of the disease and the inconsistent record of the previous Government.