Bovine tuberculosis compensation arrangements: consultation

Consultation seeking views on proposal to introduce changes to compensation in Scotland and update other disease control measures.

Part 1 – About This Consultation

Topic of this consultation

This consultation sets out a number of proposals to update the Tuberculosis (Scotland) Order 2007 and also seeks views on a specific proposal to introduce changes to the requirements for post movement testing and the way we pay compensation for those cattle keepers who have broken the rules. It further proposes the introduction of a cap on all individual compensation payments.

Scope of this consultation

This consultation covers the payment of reduced or no compensation in circumstances where it is considered both appropriate and proportionate to do so. This will include situations where the provisions of the Tuberculosis (Scotland) Order 2007 have been breached resulting in either illegal cattle moves or overdue testing.

It also proposes a change to the requirements for post movement testing and the introduction of a cap on compensation payments similar to that already in place elsewhere in the UK.

Geographical extent

Animal Health & Welfare is a devolved matter and this consultation and the proposals contained therein apply to Scotland only. Bovine TB is legislated upon separately in other parts of the UK and the appropriate administration should be approached if further information is required on TB Controls in that country.

Business and regulatory impact assessment

If legislative powers are introduced which would allow us to reduce compensation in certain situations for cattle statutorily slaughtered under TB controls, there may be financial implications for affected keepers. This consultation seeks views on this particular point to help inform development of the regulatory impact assessment should any change to the legislation be made.


Anyone may reply to this consultation. The Scottish Government would particularly like to hear from: cattle/livestock keepers; cattle/livestock associations; veterinary surgeons/associations; agricultural markets and valuers; and anyone else with an interest in bovine TB eradication and control in Scotland.

Body responsible for this consultation

The Scottish Government's Animal Health & Welfare Division, Disease Control Team is responsible for this consultation.


This consultation runs from 7 September 2017 to 30 November 2017, a period of 12 weeks.

How to make an enquiry

If you have any queries about this consultation please contact the Scottish Government Animal Health & Welfare Disease Control Team (Telephone 0300-244-9874) or email:

The Scottish Government Consultation Process

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  • indicate the need for policy development or review
  • inform the development of a particular policy
  • help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals
  • be used to finalise legislation before it is implemented

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Responding to this consultation paper

We are inviting responses to this consultation paper by Thursday 30 November 2017.

Please respond to this consultation using the Scottish Government's consultation platform, Citizen Space. You view and respond to this consultation online at . You can save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open. Please ensure that consultation responses are submitted before the closing date of 30 November.

Alternatively, you may use the Consultation Questionnaire Word document supplied to provide your response electronically by sending it, along with your completed Respondent Information Form (see " Handling your Response" below) to:

Handwritten responses will be accepted, although the aforementioned methods are preferable. Again, you should use the Consultation Questionnaire provided as this will aid our analysis of the responses received. Please send your response, along with your completed Respondent Information Form, to:

Bovine TB Consultation
Scottish Government
Animal Health & Welfare, Disease Control Team
P Spur
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3XD

Please note that responses not using either the online Citizenspace survey or the Consultation Questionnaire Word document provided might not be considered in the analysis of this consultation.

Handling your response

If you respond using Citizen Space (, you will be directed to the Respondent Information Form. Please indicate how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to published.

If you are unable to respond via Citizen Space, please complete and return the Respondent Information Form included in this document. If you ask for your response not to be published, we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.

All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.

Next steps in the process

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public (see the attached Respondent Information Form). We will make these available to the public on the Scottish Government consultation web pages ( as soon as possible.

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us reach a decision on whether to make changes for bovine TB. We aim to issue a report on this consultation process and, if appropriate, to lay amending legislation before the Scottish Parliament during 2018.

Comments and complaints

An opportunity to provide comments on your experience of the consultation is provided as part of the consultation questions. Alternatively you may also send any comments that you may have about how this consultation exercise has been conducted to the contact details in the 'Responding to this consultation' section.


Email: Angela McMorland,

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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