Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Badgers and cattle TB: the final report of the Independent Scientific Group on cattle TB


Report published

The Committee published 'Badgers and cattle TB: the final report of the Independent Scientific Group on cattle TB: Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Committee, Session 2007-08', its Tenth Report (HC 1010), on Wednesday 23 July 2008.

The Committee received a memorandum containing the Government's response which was published on the internet on 9 October 2008. The Committee published the Government response, alongside oral evidence taken from the Secretary of State on 5 November and supplementary written evidence from Defra, on 22 January 2009.

The Committee published ' Badgers and cattle TB: the final report of the Independent Scientific Group on cattle TB', its Fourth Report 2007-08 (HC 130-I), on 27 February 2008.

Oral and Written Evidence (HC 130-II) was also published on 27 February 2008.

A Government response is normally expected within 2 months of the Report's publication. Prior to receiving the Government's reply the Committee published the following letter from the Secretary of State to the Chairman regarding the delay to the Government response:


Letters published

At its meeting on 30 March 2009 the Committee agreed to publish a letter received from Nigel Gibbens, Defra's Chief Veterinary Officer, dated 23 March 2009, regarding errors in an earlier letter sent to the Committee on Bovine TB statistics dated 19 February 2009. The Committee also agreed to publish the corrected version of the 19 February letter.

At its meeting on 12 November 2008 the Committee agreed to publish a letter received from David Williams, Chairman of the Badger Trust, dated 4 November 2008.

At its meeting on 11 June 2008 the Committee agreed to publish a letter received from Professor John Bourne dated 15 January 2008, and the Annex to Professor Sir David King's letter of 18 December 2007. As these documents referred to ongoing research they were not published with the Report.


Terms of Reference

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee originally held two oral evidence sessions in June 2007 in relation to an inquiry into Badgers and cattle TB: Final Report of the Independent Scientific Group.

The evidence sessions were timed to coincide with the public launch of the Final Report of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB.

The final report, presented to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 18 June 2007, can be viewed at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/tb/isg/pdf/final_report.pdf (2.5 MB. Please note this is a large file).
An ISG press release is also available and can be viewed at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/tb/isg/pdf/final_pressrelease.pdf (19 KB).

The report by the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King: 'Tuberculosis in Cattle and Badgers' was published on 22 October.

Formal written submissions were not requested.


Oral Evidence Sessions

Wednesday 5 November 2008
Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Monday 10 December 2007
Rt Hon Lord Rooker, Minister for Sustainable Food and Farming and Animal Health

Monday 26 November 2007 
Dr Gareth Enticott, School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University, Dr Chris Cheeseman, Badger Ecologist, and Dr Robbie McDonald, Head of Wildlife Disease Ecology, Central Science Laboratory ; Professor John McInerney OBE, former Member of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB

Wednesday 24 October 2007
Professor John Bourne, Former Chairman, Professor Christl Donnelly, Former Deputy Chairman, and Professor Rosie Woodroffe, Former members of the Independent Scientific Group; Sir David King, Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Professor Mark Woolhouse, Epidemiologist, Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Monday 15 October 2007
Professor Douglas Young, Imperial College, London, Chair of the TB Vaccine Programme Advisory Group, and Professor Glyn Hewinson, Head of the TB Research Group, Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Weybridge.

Wednesday 20 June 2007
Badger Trust and RSPCA; National Farmers' Union and Professor Rosie Woodroffe

Monday 18 June 2007
Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB


Press Notices

31/03/09 Letter published on internet
15/01/09 Government response to be published
20/10/08 Evidence session announced
08/10/08 Government response to be published on internet 
23/07/08 Report and Government response published
17/07/08 Report and Government response to be published
08/05/08 Publication of letter on internet - Gov't response delay
27/02/08 Report published
19/02/08 Report to be published
29/11/07 Further evidence session announced
22/11/07 Further evidence session announced
22/10/07 Change of witness
18/10/07 Committee visit to Devon
26/07/07 Change to timing of evidence session
24/07/07 Further evidence sessions announced
14/06/07 Additional witness announced
07/06/07 Inquiry & evidence sessions announced


Related Inquiries

Bovine TB: badger culling (Report 14 March 2006 )

Bovine TB (Report 13 July 2004)

Badgers and Bovine TB (Report 9 April 2003)