Bovine TB

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 19th December 2005.

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Photo of Anthony Steen Anthony Steen Conservative, Totnes

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of tuberculosis testing for bovine tuberculosis was in each of the last three years; and what the costs of culling animals affected by tuberculosis were in each year.

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

Summary of GB TB expenditure for periods 2002–03 to 2004–05.

£ million
Activity 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05
Cattle Testing 24.7 33.2 36.4
Compensation 31.9 34.4 35.0
Culling Trial 6.6 7.3 7.2
Other Research 6.5 7.0 5.7
VLA 4.1 5.3 4.9
HQ/Overheads 0.7 1.0 1.3
Total 74.5 88.2 90.5

TB expenditure in 2003–04 increased by 18.4 per cent. on 2002–03.

TB expenditure for 2004–05 shows increase of 2.6 per cent. on 2003–04.

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