HC Deb 26 May 1884 vol 288 cc1294-5

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Whether, having regard to the narrow limits to which cases of foot and mouth disease in Great Britain are reduced, and for the better security of districts entirely free from disease, Her Majesty's Government are prepared to issue orders, under the powers conferred on them by "The Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act, 1878," prohibiting or regulating the movements of Animals out of the districts of local authorities in which cases of foot and mouth disease may exist?


We are giving practical effect to the hon. Member's suggestion by sending Privy Council Inspectors to make inquiries in the few districts where foot-and-mouth disease still exists, and to settle the boundaries of infected areas sufficiently large to prevent it from spreading into other parts. A Circu- lar has been addressed to all local authorities, pointing out the heavy responsibility which will rest upon them if by any neglect on their part the disease, which has now reached a lower point than it has touched for some years past, should again spread through the country.