Badger Culling — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (27 Mar 2017)
Simon Hart: I am sorry to bore Members with this, but that is an annual figure. The hon. Lady needs to look at it over the lifetime, rather than as a single figure.

Badger Culling — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (27 Mar 2017)
Simon Hart: It is 10 years.

Badger Culling — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (27 Mar 2017)
Simon Hart: I suspect that the Minister will deal with the second part of that intervention. As for the first part, I will say only that the Irish Government would not deem their approach to the eradication of bovine TB quite the failure that the hon. Gentleman portrays it to be. On the cost of culls and/or vaccination, I agree that both figures are eye-wateringly significant, but very little attention...

Badger Culling — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (27 Mar 2017)
Simon Hart: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I am unlucky enough to represent a constituency in one of the areas in the UK with the most herd breakdowns, where TB is most prevalent, and farmers in my area would absolutely endorse my hon. Friend’s comments. Rather conveniently, I was about to come to the Wales comparison. As the hon. Member for Newport West will recall, not many years ago the...

Badger Culling — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (27 Mar 2017)
Simon Hart: I did not expect there to be time for me to speak—I am a late entry—so I am extremely grateful to you, Mr Streeter. I thank the hon. Member for Newport West (Paul Flynn) and other Members who have spoken for approaching the issue in such a reasonable and measured way. Most of us have spent many hours debating this topic in this Chamber, and debates have not always been conducted...

Badger Culling — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (27 Mar 2017)
Simon Hart: I think that you, Mr Paisley, would come after us if we went down the road of discussing the merits of devolution and having a different set of policies in Wales, which I suspect might be the only way to achieve those aims. However, I have no problem with proper evaluation, and I suspect that the Government have none, particularly given the importance of science, of which we are rightly...

Badger Culling — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (27 Mar 2017)
Simon Hart: My hon. Friend made my next point for me. I absolutely recognise that there is a discrepancy between those two numbers, but the problem is that we are trying to compare a non-identical set of figures and a non-identical timeline of events leading up to the particular measurement of the figures—I do not think I put that very clearly. It is misleading to compare the numbers acquired over...

Badger Culling — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (27 Mar 2017)
Simon Hart: I share a similar position to that of my hon. Friend in the BVA, which believes: “Badger culling in a targeted, effective and humane manner is necessary in carefully selected areas where badgers are regarded as a significant contributor to the presence of bTB”— I thought it would be helpful just to set out the BVA’s position.

Advisory Committee on Business Appointments/Ministerial Code (20 Mar 2017)
Simon Hart: Will the Minister seize this moment to congratulate all those colleagues from both sides of the House who serve as reservists, or who practise as doctors or dentists, or in other important trades? Does not the fact that they do so illustrate how the Opposition are sometimes more concerned about the nature of the employment than the employment itself?

Child Abuse Offences (Sentencing) — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (13 Mar 2017)
Simon Hart: In the Minister’s representations to the MOJ, will she commit to raising the issue of whether the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority reflects the 21st century? It has been put to me that it treats the crimes of sexual assault by penetration and rape entirely differently. Any victim of those crimes would find that an extraordinary distinction.


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