[John Cummings in the Chair] — Agriculture (South-West)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:29 am on 20th January 2009.

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Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire 10:29 am, 20th January 2009

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Professor King's thesis about the over-population of badgers is backed up by a direct correlation between a sharp increase in outbreaks of bovine TB in areas such as my constituency and a vast over-population of badgers—and of ill badgers. Every night, when I drive through my constituency, I see dead, dying and ill badgers on the road; they are incredibly common. I see more badgers than blackbirds. Badgers are everywhere. There is vast over-population and there are huge quantities of TB, and Professor King is absolutely right.