HC Deb 25 January 2000 vol 343 c185W
Dr. Brand

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the incidence of new cases of BSE for each of the last five years. [102352]

Ms Quin

Numbers of cattle notified as BSE suspects to Agriculture Departments in Great Britain for each of the last five complete years are given in the table. Figures for those subsequently confirmed as BSE cases are also shown.

Year Suspects restricted Suspects in which BSE confirmed
1994 30,259 23,943
1995 17,945 14,301
1996 10,697 8,013
1997 5,604 4,309
1998 4,291 3,178

For 1999, the latest figures up to 3 December show that 2,824 cattle have been restricted as BSE suspects. Of these, 1,904 have been confirmed as BSE cases and 247 results are still pending. No confirmed cases have been found in animals born after August 1996.