HC Deb 11 March 1895 vol 31 cc773-4
MR. A. BILLSON (Devon, Barnstaple)

It beg leave to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture (1) if his attention has been called to a serious outbreak of anthrax in North Devon, whereby one farmer has lost upwards of 60 animals during the last few days; (2) if the regulations of the Board provide for any compensation in cases of anthrax; (3) and whether he will consider the desirability of issuing fresh regulations by the Board with reference to this disease?


My attention has been called to the recent serious outbreak of anthrax near Ilfracombe, and I have been in communication with the local authority on the subject. The Regulations of the Board provide for the payment of compensation where animals are slaughtered by a Local Authority with a view to prevent the spreading of disease, but in anthrax this course is not often desirable. With reference to the third paragraph of my hon. Friend's question, I may say that a new and revised Order on the subject of anthrax was issued a few days ago, to come into force on the 1st prox. I shall be very glad to supply a copy to my hon. Friend.