HC Deb 17 April 1877 vol 233 cc1272-3

asked the Vice President of the Council, Whether there are any further outbreaks of cattle plague at Willesden?


A suspicious case of supposed cattle plague has occurred at Old Oak Common, near Willesden. The animal is in secure custody. I regret to say that our Chief Inspector has found a cow and five calves affected with cattle plague at Willesden. They will be slaughtered and buried at once. There are no other animals on the premises. We took charge of the Metropolitan Police District yesterday. As regards cattle plague, 12 Veterinary Inspectors have been appointed for this special purpose, and they are working under three of our travelling Inspectors, who have been summoned to London for the purpose. Captain Tennant, with four Veterinary Inspectors, is in charge at Willesden and neighbourhood. Mr. Courteney has four under him in one district in East London, and Mr. Ricketts four in another. They have orders to visit all the cowsheds and dairies in the district, and ascertain their condition. Sixty sheds have been visited to-day, and no disease found. There has been no animal alive in London with cattle plague that we know of since last Wednesday, when the last one was slaughtered. I can assure the hon. and gallant Gentleman that we shall spare no pains to prevent the spread of this terrible disorder in London, which would be so disastrous to the milk supply of the Metropolis, as well as so injurious to the meat supply of the country generally.