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Backbench Business — Badger Cull

Part of Royal Assent – in the House of Commons at 2:10 pm on 13th March 2014.

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Photo of Geoffrey Robinson Geoffrey Robinson Labour, Coventry North West 2:10 pm, 13th March 2014

To be honest, I do not know. I have read as much as I can. But I do know from the evidence so far that a vaccine would be much more humane and, if we put the resources into getting it, much more likely to succeed, taken with other measures, than the culls. The culls are counter-productive, because they are spreading the disease. They are miles off their targets. I cannot imagine why farmers would want to waste more money on them. I hope that the Government and the Opposition will now get together to find a way forward, because it is urgently needed. It is a challenge, but there is no better time to get a cross-party policy on the matter.