§ MR. TRITTON (Lambeth, Norwood)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture if he is now in a position to withdraw the Order relating to the muzzling of dogs in the metropolitan area south of the Thames?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE
The fact that an outbreak of rabies occurred at Bow so recently as the 8th June last shows, I am afraid, that, although the position has so substantially improved, there is still reason to believe that the disease lingers within the metropolitan area. My honourable Friend will understand that I am very anxious to avoid the necessity of reimposing any of the Muzzling Orders now in force when once they have been withdrawn, and under existing circumstances there would be a great danger that this would be the case so far as South London is concerned.