UK Animal Health Minister Elliot Morley has announced that an additional £3 (US$4.7m) is to be spent to combat the spread of bovine TB in England and Wales. The funding will enable additional State Veterinary Service vets to be drafted in to help clear the backlog of bovine TB tests on cattle herds. TB was suspended during the foot and mouth (FMD) outbreak in order to minimise the risk that FMD could have been brought on farm by visiting vets.