HC Deb 05 April 1892 vol 3 c683

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether any case of pleuro-pneumonia now exists in Great Britain; and whether he is yet prepared to introduce a Bill, as urged upon him by a deputation from the Central and Associated Chambers of Agriculture and Farmers' Club in February last, to provide means for dealing with swine fever similar to those adopted in the case of pleuropneumonia?


No case of pleuropneumonia exists that we know of, because we have ordered the slaughter of all animals showing signs of the disease, and of those animals which have been in contact with diseased animals. It would be premature, however, to say the disease has disappeared; there have been three or four cases discovered in the present year. As to the second part of the question, is would be quite beyond the resources of the Department to attempt to deal with swine fever until we have arrested the spread of foot-and-mouth disease, to which all the energy of the Department is directed at the present time.