§ MAJOR RASCH (Essex, S.E.)
asked the Vice Chamberlain, Whether the Privy Council would consider the possibility of giving discretionary powers to the Local Authorities with reference to slaughter in cases of pleuro-pneumonia?
§ THE VICE CHAMBERLAIN (Viscount LEWISHAM) (Lewisham)
So far as cattle affected with pleuro-pneumonia are concerned, the Privy Council have no power to interfere with their slaughter, which is ordered by Section 21 of the Act of 1878. With reference to cattle which have been in contact with diseased cattle, it was stated on Tuesday last, in reply to the hon. Member for West Dorset (Mr. Farquharson), that the whole subject of outbreaks of pleuro-pneumonia was recently considered by a Departmental Committee; and the Order of March, 1888, now in force for the slaughter of cattle which had been exposed to the infection of pleura-pneumonia, was in strict accordance with the recommendations of that Committee.