Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th October 2019.

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Photo of Sue Hayman Sue Hayman Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department spent from the public purse on the badger cull in each of the last five years.

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

Bovine TB is one of the greatest animal health threats to the UK and the disease costs the public over £100million a year, with the cost to the farming industry around £50m a year. Badger control costs to Government in each of the last five years are as follows (to the nearest thousand pounds):

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Licensing and compliance monitoring

£1,036,000

£1,003,000

£1,284,000

£1,289,000

£1,312,000

Humaneness monitoring, including post mortems

£1,515,000

£154,000

£392,000

£506,000

£352,000

Efficacy monitoring

£17,000

£0

£0

£0

£0

Advice and assessments

£294,000

£460,000

£646,000

£728,000

£410,000

Other costs, including equipment

£205,000

£162,000

£53,000

£49,000

£1,000

Total

£3,067,000

£1,779,000

£2,375,000

£2,572,000

£2,075,000

Badger control policing costs to Government in each of the last five years are as follows (to the nearest thousand pounds):

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Policing

£1,392,000

£1,809,000

£3,030,000

£4,047,000

£3,237,000

Further information can be found on gov.uk at the following link: www.gov.uk/government/publications/bovine-tb-government-badger-control-costs.

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