§ MR. JACKS (Stirlingshire)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture if he is aware that a great amount of disease is spread amongst horses by the horse-boxes on railways not being properly disinfected; and if he can give instructions that they will in future be disinfected the same as cattle trucks are?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. H. GARDNER,) Essex, Saffron Walden
I have no reason to believe that a great amount of disease is spread amongst horses in the manner suggested in the question. The cleansing of horse-boxes is already provided for by Article 103 of the Animals Order of 1886, a copy of which I shall be happy to show to my hon. Friend; and if he is in possession of any information pointing to any evasion of the requirements of that Order, I shall be glad to receive particulars and to give the matter my attention.