Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2005-06

Thursday 9 March 2006

Thursday 9 March 2006

Bovine TB: badger culling

Report to be published

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has agreed a Report on Bovine TB: badger culling.

The Report will be published on Tuesday 14 March at 11.00 am. There will be no advance copies of the Report.

Volume II, containing the oral and written evidence, will be published on Wednesday 15 March at 11.00 am. The uncorrected transcript of the oral evidence session is already available on the internet at the following address:



The Report will be available in the following ways:

  • Media representatives can collect copies from the Press Gallery, House of Commons.

  • They will be sent by post to all witnesses (including those who submitted written evidence), or, if preferred, they can be collected either by witnesses or by their representatives between 11.00 am and 11.30 am on Tuesday 14 March, from Westminster House, 7 Millbank, London.

  • On publication, the Report will also be available from the usual outlets, including the Parliamentary Bookshop and  Stationery Office outlets (reference: Sixth Report of the Committee, Session 2005-06, HC 905-I).

  • The Report will be posted on the internet on publication and will  be accessible via the Committee's homepage.



For media inquiries, or to arrange bids for the Chairman of the EFRA Committee, Rt Hon Michael Jack MP, please call Laura Kibby on 07917 488 557. For information about the Committee's inquiry, please call Jonathan Little on 020 7219 3279.

The report follows an inquiry into the Government's proposals for introducing badger culling as a bovine tuberculosis measure, as set out in Defra's consultation paper of 15 December 2005. In conducting its inquiry, the Committee focused on the key questions that Ministers should address in reaching conclusions on the issues set out in the consultation paper. On 7 February 2006, the Committee took oral evidence from scientists, including those on the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB, from the National Farmers' Union and from the Badger Trust. An uncorrected transcript of this evidence session can be found at:


Further details about the Committee, and this inquiry, can be found on the Committee's website.