§ MR. HAZELL
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he is aware that considerable dissatisfaction is felt at the order for the muzzling of dogs in the borough and county of Leicester, upon the ground that there has been no proved case of rabies in that county for several years, and that the order will cause much inconvenience to the agricultural residents; and whether,. under these circumstances, he can hold out any hope of an early revocation of the order?
§ *THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. WALTER LONG,) Liverpool, West Derby
I am aware that some dissatisfaction has been expressed at the inclusion of any portion of Leicestershire in the area in the Midlands to which muzzling orders have been applied, but in view of the fact that two cases of rabies have been reported during the last few months, and that there have been others in adjoining counties close to the Leicestershire boundary, I felt it my duty in the interest of the extirpation of the disease from the country as a whole to adopt the course which has been taken. I regret that I do not see my way to the revocation of the order as suggested.