HC Deb 12 February 1895 vol 30 cc559-60
MR. JOHN ELLIS (Nottingham, Rushcliffe)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether his Department is in possession of any information as to the occurrence of some cases of pleuro-pneumonia amongst cattle landed at Antwerp from Canada; and, in that case, what are the particulars; and, what action has been taken by the Belgian Government in consequence?


Yes, Sir; it appears that Contagious Pleuropneumonia was discovered by the Belgian Authorities amongst cattle landed at Antwerp from Canada from the ships Hispania and Cecilia. Three animals in all were found to be diseased, and one of them is stated to have been an old encysted case. A large number of the most experienced Veterinarians in Belgium, including the teachers at the Government Veterinary Schools, were consulted in the matter, and they appear to have been unanimous as to the nature of the disease. In consequence of these discoveries, the importation of cattle from Canada into Belgium has been prohibited.