§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy have been confirmed in the United Kingdom for the latest available date.
§ Mrs. Browning
As at 3 February, a cumulative total of 144,437 cases of BSE have been confirmed in the United Kingdom. I am pleased to announce that, in the month to 3 February, the number of new suspected cases is down by 46 per cent. on the same period last year.