Dear *****,

Thank you for contacting me about badger culling.

As I am sure you are aware, the Government has decided the proposed badger cull in Derbyshire should not be licensed this year, while further consideration is given to how best to manage the coexistence of vaccination and badger control projects in the edge area.

I believe that the vaccination of badgers against TB using BCG can enable a level of protection that can help limit the spread of TB to healthy badger populations. The Government is keen to increase the take-up of the ‘Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme’ (BEVS) and to ensure that badger vaccination schemes more generally make a real difference in tackling Bovine TB.

The Government is also speeding up work to improve the cattle testing regime and deploy the cattle vaccine as part of a multi-pronged approach.

Should you have further enquiries on this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Largan MP

Member of Parliament for High Peak