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Backbench Business — Badger Cull

Part of Royal Assent – in the House of Commons at 2:31 pm on 13th March 2014.

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Photo of Simon Hart Simon Hart Conservative, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire 2:31 pm, 13th March 2014

It will be with a heavy heart that I will not vote on this motion, if there is a Division. I really want to support the livestock industry and to demonstrate my commitment to eradicating this disease, but I am not prepared to vote on the basis of a partially leaked document—it was not even fully leaked—reported on the BBC news a couple of weeks ago.

I agree with and share the view of Mr Reed that we should not seek to highlight an urban-rural divide, but it is disappointing that he referred to a number of alleged statistics from a report that none of us has had the benefit of seeing. How we can make a reasoned judgement on that, I do not know.