HC Deb 26 October 1899 vol 77 c737
MR. SINCLAIR (Essex, Romford)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the fact that contagious diseases are being communicated by public drinking troughs to horses and cattle, and whether he could advise local authorities and others to provide taps or some means by which those who have valuable horses could fill their own pails, and avoid the risk to which they are now subjected?


No information has recently reached me of specific cases in which disease has been contracted at public drinking troughs, and although I should agree that, if the matter be looked at solely from the point of view of safety from the spread of infection, standpipes afford the best means of watering horses in cases in which drivers carry their own pails, I do not think that it is necessary, or that it would be advantageous, for me to proffer advice on the subject.