Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2006-07

22 October 2007

Badgers and cattle TB: Final Report of the Independent Scientific Group

Change of witness, Wednesday 24 October

There has been a change of witness for the Committee's oral evidence session on Wednesday 24 October. In the light of the publication today of the Report from the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King, into the science surrounding Cattle TB, the evidence session with the Minister, Lord Rooker, has been postponed. The Committee will instead take evidence from Sir David King. The date for the evidence session with Lord Rooker will be announced when details are confirmed.

The full details of Wednesday's meeting are now:

Wednesday 24 October 2007
3.00 pm Professor John Bourne, CBE, former Chairman of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB
3.30 pm Sir David King, Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office for Science, and colleagues


1. The Scientific Adviser's Report: Tuberculosis in Cattle and Badgers was published on 22 October.

2. The Committee normally meets in a committee room at Westminster. There are often last minute changes of room and meetings may be held either in the Palace of Westminster or in Portcullis House. Those wishing to attend should check the venue by calling the committee office the day before the hearing. Website: www.parliament.uk/efracom.

3. Details about this inquiry can be found at:


4. The Committee has previously inquired into this subject producing the following Reports:

€ Bovine TB: badger culling, Sixth Report of Session 2005-06, HC 905-I, published 14 March 2006


€ Bovine TB, Thirteenth Report of Session 2003-04, HC 638, published 13 July 2004


€ Badgers and Bovine TB, Seventh Report of Session 2002-03, HC 432, published 9 April 2003