HC Deb 22 February 1900 vol 79 c808

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he is in a position to grant the request contained in the resolution passed; on the 17th instant by the executive Committee of the Norfolk County Council.

MR. SOAMES () Norfolk, S.

I beg at the same time, to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he is now in a position to state the modifications which he proposes to make in the order re foot and mouth disease in the county of Norfolk: and whether, in view of the fact that all the outbreaks have been confined to a very small area, he can now see his way to withdrawing the order entirely in the more distant parts of the scheduled district.


In reply to the hon. Member and to the hon. Member for South Norfolk, who has a similar question on the Paper, my right hon. friend asks me to state that under existing circumstances the entire withdrawal of the existing restrictions from any portion of the scheduled district could not but be attended with considerable danger of the extension of foot and mouth disease to other parts of the country. He proposes, however, to issue an order to-day permitting, under certain conditions, the movement of stock for the purposes of feeding, isolation, and lambing within the outlying portions of the district, and also the movement of stock into those portions in cases whore exceptional difficulty and hardship at present exist. The order will come into operation on Saturday.