HC Deb 16 March 1883 vol 277 c696

asked the Vice President of the Council, Whether an outbreak of foot and mouth disease has taken place at Barcombe, in the county of Sussex, in cattle that had just arrived from Ireland; and, whether foot and mouth disease was detected in Stanley Market, Liverpool, in cattle also just landed from Ireland; and, if so, if any steps are being taken to prevent the importation of that disease into England and Scotland from Ireland?


It is true, Sir, that there has been an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease at Barcombe, in East Sussex, among animals brought from Ireland; but it is impossible to say whether the disease originated in Ireland, or was contracted on the road. A single case of disease was also discovered in Stanley Market, Liverpool, on the 12th instant. The animal was immediately slaughtered by order of the owner, and no other case of disease has since been reported to us. In reply to the latter part of the Question of the hon. and gallant Member, I beg to remind him that I stated in an answer which I gave some days ago that the local authority of any district in Great Britain is empowered, by an Order passed on the 23rd of February, to prohibit or regulate the movement of animals into their "district from the district of any other local authority in the United Kingdom. I am glad to be able to state that the Returns for this week indicate a considerable decrease in the number and extent of the outbreaks of foot and mouth disease.