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Asked by Maria Eagle
(Garston and Halewood)
Asked on: 20 November 2014
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Bovine Tuberculosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department spent on the implementation of badger culls for bovine TB control, and the costs to police forces of these culls in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 27 November 2014

For the financial year 2012-13, Defra spent £2.5 million on badger control projects. This was inclusive of the costs of the postponed culling activity in 2012, as well as preparations for the 2013 targeted badger cull.

In the 2013-14 financial year, Defra invested £6.3 million in two badger cull pilots. The total cost of the policing operations for the two pilots was £3.5 million.

The implementation and policing costs for the badger culls in 2014-15 have not yet been finalised.

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Asked by Sammy Wilson
(East Antrim)
Asked on: 19 November 2014
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Bovine Tuberculosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to the public purse has been of compensating farmers for TB in their herds in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 26 November 2014

The table below shows the cost to the public purse for compensating farmers in England for TB in each of the last five years.

Year

Total TB Compensation costs

Haulage costs

Salvage receipts

Net cost of TB compensation

2009

£30.6m

£1.7m

-£3.4m

£28m

2010

£28.6m

£1.8m

-£4.6m

£25.8m

2011

£30.2m

£2.21m

-£8.9m

£23.5m

2012

£34.1m

£2.27m

-£10.2m

£26.1m

2013

£31.4m

£2.18m

-£8.8m

£24.8m

Defra’s costs are offset by salvage receipts. Therefore, the real cost to Defra is what is paid out in compensation and haulage, less the receipts received back for salvage.

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Asked by Sammy Wilson
(East Antrim)
Asked on: 19 November 2014
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Bovine Tuberculosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost of TB in cattle herds on the UK agri-food industry in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 26 November 2014

We don’t hold information on the costs of TB to the agri-food industry. TB currently costs government around £100m per year. Additionally it is estimated to cost English livestock farmers tens of millions of pounds. The average cost to a farmer of each TB herd breakdown in the High Risk Area has been estimated at around £14,000. The average cost to a farmer of each routine TB test has been estimated at around £350.


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Asked by Maria Eagle
(Garston and Halewood)
Asked on: 20 November 2014
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Bovine Tuberculosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department spent on bovine TB control in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 26 November 2014

Net expenditure on bovine TB control in England, including expenditure on R&D, was £91.2 million in 2010-11. In 2011/12, net expenditure was £93.6 million

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(Thirsk and Malton)
Asked on: 18 November 2014
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Cattle: North Yorkshire
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the latest information is on cattle restrictions in the area north of Helmsley, North Yorkshire; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 24 November 2014

Following all bovine TB incidents in the Low Risk Area of England, which are infrequent and sporadic, rigorous disease controls are applied. These include herd movement restrictions, whole herd testing and radial testing of surrounding herds. Though burdensome for affected farmers, these controls are necessary if we are to prevent further spread of bovine TB into new areas, as is the case in Helmsley.


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