To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2013, Official Report, column 21W, on bovine tuberculosis and with reference to the response to request number RFI 2218 made by Natural England on 15 November 2013, if he will review his policy on parliamentary information to written parliamentary questions to ensure that the standards of openness applied under parliamentary proceedings are no less favourable than those applied under statutory requirements.
The information released by Natural England in response to request number RFI 2218 was on the numbers of badgers culled by shooting and cage trapping in the first six weeks of each pilot only. Those six week periods came to an end prior to the hon. Member's previous question. Further details on the method used to remove badgers for the full period of each pilot will be released in due course, as previously stated. Ministers' obligations to Parliament are set out in the ministerial code.