§ Baroness Byford
asked Her Majesty's Government:
How many Krebs tuberculosis trial projects are currently in hand; and how many tuberculosis tests are overdue on farms. [HL1536]
§ Lord Whitty
The Krebs badger culling trial, which is being carried out in 10 triplet areas in England, is just one element of the Government's wide-ranging research programme into bovine TB. Currently there are 29 separate TB-related research projects ongoing. In addition, Defra is also carrying out exercises into the epidemiology of the disease (the TB 99 farm survey) and a survey of badgers killed in road traffic accidents in seven English counties.
On 31 December, 9,183 herd tests were overdue in Great Britain. This is down from a maximum of 27,000 overdue herd tests at the end of 2001