The Administrative Court today gave judgment in R (National Farmers Union & Anor) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs  EWHC 1192 (Admin), a judicial review of the decision by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to direct Natural England not to grant a licence to kill badgers to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 in the county of Derbyshire.
Natural England, the body responsible for considering badger cull licences for bovine TB control, had decided that T&G Stone Ltd should be granted the licence after a lengthy process, in an area of Derbyshire where bovine TB is particularly severe. The Secretary of State intervened at the very last minute and directed Natural England not to grant the licence, for “political” reasons not connected with preventing the spread of bovine TB, against a background in which the Prime Minister Boris Johnson had expressed an interest in the decision. Mrs Justice Andrews DBE held that:
The judgment is here.
Maya Lester QC and Malcolm Birdling appeared for the NFU and T&G Stone Ltd, instructed by Bowcock Cuerden LLP