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Bovine TB

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson Conservative, North Shropshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average duration of a TB2 restriction notice was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare)

Data for TB2 duration for 1997 are available only at disproportionate cost.

In 2003, the average duration of TB2 restriction notices was 90 1 days. This includes TB2 restriction notices served on herds where the routine herd test was overdue, as well as notices served on herds with a TB breakdown. Herds with overdue tests were not placed under restrictions in 1997.

1 Provisional data downloaded from the State Veterinary Service database on 17 March 2004. This is subject to change, as more data become available.

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