§ Mr. Bellingham
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she has taken advice on the scientific work under way on cattle tuberculosis and badgers in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
§ Mr. Soames
Yes. We organised a scientific seminar on 3 November when scientists from Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Repulic of Ireland were able to present a report on the current state of their work to both the Ministry and the consultative panel on badgers and bovine TB.
I was present at the meeting and found it extremely useful. I am sure that it will make an invaluable contribution to developing our future approach to this complex area. We will continue to keep a close eye on the results of this highly important work.