HC Deb 21 March 1904 vol 132 cc239-40

I beg to ask the hon. Member for North Huntingdonshire, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether it has been brought to his notice that the number of people dying from glanders contracted from horses has increased, thus causing additional risk to veterinary surgeons and others; and whether he will consider the advisability of taking steps to make it illegal for anyone to manufacture or import malline unless licensed by the Government.

MR. AILWYN FELLOWES (Huntingdonshire, Ramsey)

The regulation of the manufacture and importation of malline as suggested would be attended with considerable practical difficulties, and legislation would be requisite. My noble friend would, however, be glad to receive and to consider any information on the subject which may be laid before him. The deaths from glanders have happily been only two, four, and five, respectively, during the last three years, and we are informed by the Registrar-General that there has been no increase in the number of deaths from that disease during the past twenty years.