HC Deb 01 May 1879 vol 245 cc1494-5

asked the Vice President of the Council, Whether Captain Seymour Curtis, R.N., recently appointed a Travelling Inspector under the Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act, has had any experience of dealing with Contagious Diseases of Animals?


Sir, the officer referred to has had no experience whatever in the treatment of contagious diseases of animals, and, inasmuch as he has nothing to do with the inspection or treatment of animals, it is not necessary that he should have had any such experience. The sole duty of a travelling Inspector is to visit the various railway stations, landing places, markets, and lairs which are used in the cattle trade, and to see that the requirements of the Act and of the Order in Council are carried out, and that the vessels and carriages used for the conveyance of animals, and the pens and other places in which animals are kept, are properly cleansed and disinfected. It is because Captain Curtis is specially qualified to discharge these duties that he was selected for the post of travelling Inspector.