Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Session 2002-03

Session 2002-03

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee today announced a new inquiry into badgers and bovine tuberculosis.  The Committee has decided that the terms of reference of the inquiry should be:

"To review recent developments in the Government's TB control strategy and the ongoing scientific research into TB vaccination, disease spread and the Krebs trial.   In particular it will address:

  • the impact of the Government's autumn package of measures for the control of bovine TB in cattle on the spread of the disease and on farmers and farming;

  • progress on the development of a vaccine;

  • the implications of the delays to the Krebs trial; and

  • the Government's response to the recommendations of the Agriculture Committee relating to badgers and bovine tuberculosis."

The Committee will appoint a Sub-committee to undertake this inquiry.  The Sub-committee will be chaired by Mr David Drew MP. 

Details of oral evidence, likely to be taken in February, will be announced in due course.

Those who wish to make a written submission may do so by Friday 31 January 2003.  It must be submitted in an electronic format, either on disk or preferably by e-mail. It should be in Word or WordPerfect.  If sent by e-mail it should for this inquiry be sent to Richard Kelly.  The e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and it would be helpful to include a brief executive summary.

Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so.

Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee's homepage  Information about the Committee can also be obtained from 020 7219 5774.