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Public Accounts Committee Reports

Part of Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:15 pm on 29th September 2009.

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Photo of Jim Wells Jim Wells DUP 4:15 pm, 29th September 2009

I cannot allow those scurrilous accusations against the badger community to go unanswered. The jury is still out on a link between badgers and bovine TB. Some scientists believe that there is a direct link, and others believe that they have proved that there is no link. There is also a view that attempted eradication simply causes badger communities to disperse, thereby spreading disease among cattle. Although the Member is entitled to his opinion, I ask that he does not quote it as fact. It is heresy.