HC Deb 15 March 1892 vol 2 c896
MAJOR RASCH (Essex, S. E.)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he is aware that loss is inflicted on Essex farmers by the recent Order as to petty sessional districts, and prohibition of sending animals to London; and whether he would consider the possibility of allowing a radius of five miles round the infected spot instead of the petty sessional district, and also permit beasts to be sent into the Metropolitan area with a licence and marked with a broad arrow, as in 1878?


Nobody is better aware than I am that loss is inflicted, unhappily, by the regulations which are imposed in the districts where foot-and-mouth disease prevails, and no one regrets it more than myself; but I am afraid it is inseparable from the measures which are necessary to cope with the disease. The radius of five miles which he proposes would, I am afraid, be impracticable; but with regard to the last suggestion in his question, I have already directed an Order to be passed, which, I hope, will have the desired effect, and permit of beasts being sent to the Metropolitan Market under proper restrictions.