HC Deb 31 May 1886 vol 306 c488
SIR RICHARD PAGET (Somerset, Wells)

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Whether the attention of the Agricultural Department of the Privy Council has been directed to the discoveries of M. Pasteur, with regard to the possibility of protecting cattle, sheep, and pigs from certain contagious diseases by inoculation with attenuated virus; whether, in view of the National importance of this question, the Department are prepared to undertake a series of careful experiments to determine the value of the discoveries referred to; and, whether, with the object of at once dealing with one prevalent form of contagious disease, they will be good enough to commence, without delay, the requisite experiments in relation to swine fever?


The attention of the Agricultural Department has been called to M. Pasteur's investigations regarding the contagious diseases of cattle; and, by way of a first step in the direction suggested by the hon. Baronet, instructions have been given to Professor Brown to undertake a series of experiments with the virus of swine fever.