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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-11271: John Scott (Ayr)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 13 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the disease being present in Cumbria, what further action it is considering to stop the spread of bovine TB to Scotland.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 26 September 2017

The Scottish Government is closely monitoring the situation in Cumbria and the stringent disease control measures already in place for bovine TB continue to apply.

The Scottish Government is committed to a comprehensive, practical and proportionate programme of TB controls in order to maintain current low levels of TB and safeguard our Officially TB Free (OTF) status. To further enhance our TB controls, a public consultation is currently underway on proposals to review and update some aspects of Scottish TB legislation in order to further incentivise compliance and encourage farmers to follow good farming practices and keep disease out of their herds.