Bovine Tuberculosis

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th February 2015.

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Photo of Sarah Wollaston Sarah Wollaston Chair, Health and Social Care Committee, Chair, Health and Social Care Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent timetable her Department has set for the tendering process for testing cattle for tuberculosis.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra has signed contracts with the two Delivery Partners for Wales and anticipates these services going live in April 2015. We are currently handling a legal challenge to the award of contracts in England and until such time as this has been resolved no timetable to the commencement of the service for England is available.

Until such time as Defra is able announce details on the commencement of the service for England, the current arrangements for TB testing will continue, where testing is carried out by either an official veterinarian (under the direction of the Animal and Plant Health Agency {APHA}), or a member of APHA staff.

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