§ MR. WEIR (Ross and Cromarty)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that the epidemic of sore throat which recently broke out at the Belvedere Hospital, Glasgow, is like that at Woking last autumn, and at Finchley early this year, attributable to the milk taken from cows out of health; and, seeing that Dr. Chalmers, the medical officer of health for Glasgow, states that the outbreak in that city is due to teat eruption in the stock at the farm from which the milk supply is obtained, will he consider the expediency of introducing at an early date such legislation as may be necessary to insure the occasional examination by a veterinary surgeon of all cows kept for the purposes of a public dairy.
THE SECRETARY TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. GRANT LAWSON,) Yorkshire, N.R., Thirsk
The President has no jurisdiction in Scotland with regard to sanitary matters, but be has seen a report of Dr. Chalmers as to the epidemic of sore throat at the Belvedere Hospital, Glasgow. With regard to the suggestion for legislation 1490 my right hon. friend wishes me to repeat the Answer which he gave to the hon. Member's Question on 29th March last, that he had caused the suggestion to be noted, but that he could not promise to introduce legislation on the subject during the present session.†