Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 20th November 2018.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Conservative, Tewkesbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many new licences to cull badgers he plans to issue in badger cull areas in the next twelve months; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra’s licensing Guidance to Natural England permits the licensing of a maximum of ten new Badger Disease Control areas each year unless there are compelling reasons to increase or decrease the number.

The number of licences issued in any year will depend on the number of applications received by Natural England that meet the criteria in the licensing Guidance. Applications are prioritised according to the extent to which they best meet the primary aim of the policy (i.e. to eradicate TB).

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