David Simpson – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The below Parliamentary question was asked by David Simpson on 2016-07-07.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent changes her Department has made to licensing criteria for badger control in England.

George Eustice

Following a public consultation, the following changes to licensing conditions were published on 17 December 2015:

  • Enabling Natural England to keep the duration of annual badger control operations under review rather than limiting them to six weeks.

  • Reducing the minimum size of an area from 150km2 to 100km2.

  • Removing the requirement for at least 70% of the land in candidate areas to be accessible but retaining a requirement that approximately 90% of the land in the control area be either accessible, or within 200m of accessible land.