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Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the six areas for the vaccination trial to reduce the transmission of bovine tuberculosis from wildlife will be chosen. [267481]

Jane Kennedy: We are working in liaison with the Bovine TB Eradication Group for England, epidemiologists and other key industry and stakeholder groups to identify criteria for selecting the areas where the project will take place.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to maximise the catch rate for badgers prior to vaccination to reduce levels of bovine tuberculosis in the proposed trials. [267483]

Jane Kennedy: The methodologies have not yet been finalised. However, we are working with experts from the Food and Environment Research Agency, formerly the Central Science Laboratory, to optimise our approach to trapping for vaccination.

Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on the vaccination of badgers against bovine tuberculosis in the next 12 months. [267808]

Jane Kennedy: Vaccination of badgers as part of the injectable badger vaccine deployment project is expected to begin in summer 2010. Costs for the project have not yet been finalised and will vary depending on the areas vaccination will take place, as well as other factors.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how long he expects his Department's scheme for the vaccinations of badgers against bovine tuberculosis to operate for. [267809]


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Jane Kennedy: We intend for vaccination of badgers to commence in summer 2010 and to take place for at least five years in each area.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of badgers which will be vaccinated against bovine tuberculosis under his Departmentís vaccination scheme. [267811]

Jane Kennedy: We are aiming to vaccinate as many badgers as possible in the areas the project will take place.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in which areas of the country he expects his Department's scheme to vaccinate badgers against bovine tuberculosis to operate. [267812]

Jane Kennedy: The project will see vaccination of badgers in six areas with high incidence of cattle disease in England. Each area will be up to 100km(2). The exact locations are yet to be decided and decisions will be made based on specific criteria and in liaison with the Bovine TB Eradication Group for England and other key industry and stakeholder groups.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with farmers on his Department's scheme to vaccinate badgers against bovine tuberculosis; [267813]

(2) what representations he has received from the Countryside Alliance on his Department's scheme to vaccinate badgers against bovine tuberculosis. [267814]

Jane Kennedy: We have had discussions with a variety of stakeholder groups about the injectable badger vaccine deployment project, including with the farming industry. We will be holding further discussions to develop criteria for selecting the areas where the project will take place.

We have not received any representations from the Countryside Alliance.