HC Deb 10 March 1884 vol 285 c1041

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, If he will be good enough to lay upon the Table of the House a statement of the several memorials or resolutions, respecting the danger of the introduction of contagious diseases by the importation of foreign animals, received at the Privy Council Office in the twelve months ending the 29th February last, distinguishing for each county the number of such memorials or resolutions that have been received?


Before the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster answers the Question, perhaps I may be allowed to put another, bearing on the same subject—namely, Whether information has reached his Department of a serious outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Texas?


Sir, I should be quite ready to give my hon. Friend opposite (Mr. R. H. Paget) the statement he asks for; but it will take considerable time to prepare, because very often the resolutions on this subject are contained in Memorials relating to a great number of miscellaneous points, and these Memorials will have to be gone over. In answer to the hon. Member for Bedfordshire (Mr. James Howard), I have to state that we have heard that some cases of foot-and-mouth disease have occurred at Texas, but we have received no particulars with regard to the matter.