MINUTES OF EVIDENCE
TAKEN BEFORE THE ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS:
BADGERS AND BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS SUB-COMMITTEE
MONDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2003
Mr David Drew, in the Chair
Ms Candy Atherton
Mr Austin Mitchell
Mr Colin Breed
Mr Michael Jack
Mr Bill Wiggin
Memorandum submitted by the National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales (P30)
1. The NFUwelcomes the decision by the House of Commons EFRACommittee to undertake an Inquiry
into badgers and bovine tuberculosis.
2. Government’s autumn package of measures for the control of TB was well received by producers. It is
felt, however, that further action is still needed to alleviate the pressure on producers when their herds have
movement restrictions imposed.
3. TheNFUurge thatGovernment ensure suYcient resources are available to clear the backlog of TB tests
as quickly as possible.
4. The NFU welcomes the gamma interferon trials announced as part of the Governments autumn
package for the control of TB. We are concerned, however, at the length of time before this test can be more
5. The Road TraYc Accident Survey could provide valuable information to improve understanding of the
epidemiology of the disease and, therefore, needs to be properly resourced.
6. The NFU fully supports the provision of test data prior to sale of cattle and has always encouraged
farmers to have groups of animals tested prior to or immediately after movement.
7. TB99 is a survey that aims to investigate all possible sources of infection after a TB herd breakdown.
The NFU is concerned that this is very time consuming and in many cases is not being carried out at all.
8. The NFU believes that the current control policy is failing to prevent the spread of disease. The NFU
continues to support the Krebs trials, but believe it is essential that an interim strategy to contain the spread
of TB be implemented before the results of the Krebs trials are known.
9. The overarching aim of the NFU is for the eradication of TB in both the cattl