To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the £500,000 allocated by his Department for badger vaccination has been distributed to farmers in the cull areas to date.
The Badger Vaccination Fund (£250,000 p.a.) has been open for two years. Only vaccination schemes in the pilot cull areas were eligible to apply in year one, when £6,302.80 was distributed. In year two DEFRA broadened the criteria to include the whole of the high risk TB area and publicised this particularly among wildlife groups with an interest in badger vaccination. A number of grants have already been awarded and others are under consideration but the amount distributed will only be known after the vaccination has taken place and claims submitted.