HC Deb 25 July 1881 vol 263 cc1746-7

asked the Vice President of the Council, Whether his attention has been called to Mr. John Spears' Report to the Local Government Board on "the woolsorters' disease," and to the danger of "anthrax" being likewise communicated to sheep and cattle from the use of foreign hair and wool as manure; and, whether the Privy Council will issue an Order against the sale of such foreign hair and wool for that purpose without having been previously disinfected?


The Report of Mr. Spears was only brought under my notice a few days ago. It has now been referred to the Veterinary Department for their consideration and report. It is only right, however, to state that "anthrax" is comparatively a rare disease in animals in England, and does not appear to have increased during the past 40 years.