PQ 4292


Question No: 115 Named Day Date: 11 March 2002


(On Order Book: 28 February 2002)



Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Enviromnent, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) sheep, (b) cattle and (c) other animals subject to the three kilometre cull policy during the foot and mouth outbreak in Cumbria were destroyed under voluntary arrangements; and if she will make a statement. [388241


[Holding answer 28 February 20021

Mrs Beckett

During the foot and mouth outbreak the following number of animals were slaughtered in Cumbria as a result of 3 km cull arrangements:-


Sheep Pigs Goats

Cumbria 405557 3344 147



These data are based on DEFRA's Disease Control System (DCS) Database as at 25h February 2002. The figures may be subject to revision as DEFRA's data cleansing exercise is carried out and as more data becomes available,


In the 3km cull animals were culled under the powers in the Animal Health Act 1981, on the basis that they had been exposed to infection. However, it was implemented by dealing first with those farms where keepers were willing to co-operate with the cull, hence the use of the term voluntary cull" as a shorthand for the 3km cull operation.