Opposition Day — Badger Cull — 5 Jun 2013 at 15:50
The majority of MPs voted in favour of culling badgers in an effort to control bovine tuberculosis.
MPs were debating a motion:
- That this House believes the badger cull should not go ahead.
In this vote was an amendment was accepted which stated:
- to leave out from “House” to the end of the Question and add:
- notes that bovine tuberculosis (TB) has, as a consequence of the lack of effective counter-measures, spread from a few isolated incidents to affect large parts of England and Wales, resulting in the slaughter of 28,000 cattle in England alone in 2012 at a cost of £100 million to the taxpayer;
- is concerned that 305,000 cattle have been slaughtered in Great Britain as a result of bovine TB in the last decade and that the cost is expected to rise to over £1 billion over the next 10 years;
- recognises that to deal effectively with the disease every available tool should be employed;
- accordingly welcomes the strengthening of bio-security measures and stringent controls on cattle movements;
- further welcomes the research and investment into both cattle and badger vaccines, and better diagnostic testing, but recognises that despite positive work with the European Commission the use of a viable and legal cattle vaccine has been confirmed to be still at least 10 years away;
- further notes that no country has successfully borne down on bovine TB without dealing with infection in the wildlife population, and that the Randomised Badger Control Trials demonstrated both the link between infection in badgers and in cattle and that culling significantly reduces incidence;
- looks forward to the successful conclusion of the current pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset; and
- welcomes the Government’s development of a comprehensive strategy to reverse the spread of bovine TB and officially eradicate this disease.”
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||261 (+1 tell)||3||1||87.2%|
|Lab||0||229 (+2 tell)||0||89.5%|
|LDem||29 (+1 tell)||1||0||55.4%|
|Peter Bottomley||Worthing West||Con (front bench)||no|
|Tracey Crouch||Chatham and Aylesford||Con (front bench)||no|
|Andrew Percy||Brigg and Goole||Con (front bench)||both|
|Bob Russell||Colchester||LDem (front bench)||no|