HC Deb 10 August 1888 vol 330 cc318-9
SIR RICHARD PAGET (Somerset, Wells)

asked the Vice Chamberlain, If he will inform the House what steps, if any, the Government propose to take with reference to the important recommendations contained in the Report of the Departmental Committee on Pleuro-pneumonia and Tuberculosis in the United Kingdom recently presented to Parliament; whether anything is to be done with regard to compulsory slaughter and payment of compensation out of National Funds in case of pleuro-pneumonia, as recommended by the Committee; and, whether, in view of the grave disclosures in the Report as to the existing danger to public health by the spread of tuberculosis, it is the intention of the Government to deal with the recommendations of the Committee as to the exposure, sale, and disposal of diseased animals and carcases?


The recommendations of the Committee on Pleuro-pneumonia and Tuberculosis have been carefully considered by the Lords of the Council, and an Order of Council is now being drafted for their consideration, which embraces such parts of the recommendations of the Committee as can be effected without fresh legislation. The payment of compensation for pleuro-pneumonia out of the Public Funds can only be sanctioned by Parliament; but the recommendations with regard to tuberculosis can be generally carried out by the Privy Council under their existing powers.