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Question Time: Environment and Finance

The environment minister was asked about a possible cull of badgers to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB), on 21 May 2012.

Alex Attwood said he had not received any application for a cull.

Sandra Overend of the UUP asked whether the minister accepted that there was a reservoir of TB infection in wildlife.

Mr Attwod said there was a "reservoir of threat" in the badger population, but also in feral ferrets and in deer.

Green Party MLA Stephen Agnew asks if the minister agreed that current scientific evidence did not support a badger cull.

The minister replied that the science suggested that a cull might have an effect on the spread of TB in an area where the geography restricted the movement of badgers.

Conall McDevitt of the SDLP asked about plans to protect more listed buildings.

Mr Attwood said that at present 8,500 buildings were listed for protection in Northern Ireland.

He added that five per cent of government buildings were listed and were under threat.

The DUP's George Robinson asked for the listing of the RAF station at Limavady, County Londonderry, as seen in a recent BBC TV series.

The minister said he would pass on the request to his officials for consideration.

Finance minister Sammy Wilson was asked by Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson for an update on discussions with the Treasury on the devolution of corporation tax powers.

The minister said there had been two meetings and considerable progress had been made.

A final meeting was due on 25 June 2012, and a number of matters remained to be resolved, including costs and timing.

At the end of the process the Westminster government would decide whether or not to devolve the taxation powers.


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