Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2005 - 06

12 January 2006

New inquiry announced: Bovine TB: badger culling

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has decided to examine the Government's proposals for introducing badger culling as a bovine tuberculosis control measure, as set out in the consultation paper issued on 15 December 2005.  In conducting its inquiry, the Committee intends to focus on the key questions that Ministers must address in reaching conclusions on the  issues set out in the consultation paper.

The Committee invites interested parties to address these matters in writing. The deadline for submissions is Monday 6 February 2006. More information about the required format of submissions is given overleaf.

The Committee intends to call selected witnesses to give oral evidence on Wednesday 15 February 2006. A separate press notice providing more information on this evidence session will be issued in due course.



Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to mcculloughj@parliament.uk. The body of 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 must address the terms of reference. They should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary, ideally no more than one page long.

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.

For further details about this inquiry, please contact Jenny McCullough, Second Clerk, on 020 7219 2735.

Information about the Committee can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/efracom