HC Deb 19 August 1881 vol 265 cc364-5

said, it had been stated that there was a serious outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the county of Lancaster, and he saw it also stated that in one or two other counties there was an outbreak. He wished to know what steps the Government thought it necessary to take against an outbreak so serious as was reported?


said, he had had a Return of the foot-and-mouth disease put into his hands just before he came down to the House, because he saw in one of the London papers a statement that a very violent outbreak had taken place in parts of Lancashire. He did not find in the Return more than a single case of outbreak in the whole of Lancashire. The Returns of the last few days were very much better than those of last year; indeed, they had never reached half of what they were last year. The disease, however, still lingered about, mainly in the Midland Counties. The hon. and gallant Gentleman asked what course he thought it was necessary to take on the subject, and his reply was that he would like to see the markets shut and then to go away for a holiday.