HC Deb 24 May 1880 vol 252 cc327-8

asked the Vice President of the Council, Whether his attention has been directed to the report of a speech by the junior Member for Oxfordshire at an agricultural meeting held in the city of Oxford last week; and, whether there is any intention upon the part of the Government to repeal "The Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act, 1878," or any portions thereof?


Sir, my attention has been called to the report of the speech referred to; but I may say, on the part of the Government, that there is no intention to repeal the Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act, 1878, or any part thereof. That Act was greatly modified in its progress through this House, and the compromise arrived at appears to have given general satisfaction. The Government have no desire or intention to diminish the safeguards against foreign contagion.