HC Deb 06 December 1906 vol 166 c1184
MR. SCOTT (Ashton-under-Lyne)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether the Local Government Board has been officially informed that cows in an advanced stage of tuberculosis are frequently being sold for food, at prices varying from 10s. to £2, at an open country town market within 50 miles of London; whether, if so, he has had these official reports investigated; and if they have been found substantially correct, whether he will take measures, by legislation if necessary, to prevent such a practice in the future.


A copy of a letter signed "Medical Officer of Health" which appeared in the Morning Post, and which contained allegations of the kind mentioned in the Question, has been sent to the Local Government Board, but the name of the place at which the market referred to in the letter was hold was not stated. Other representations of a similar kind have reached me, and I have taken note of them for consideration when the time comes for dealing with the subject by legislation. I am not, however, in a position to promise legislation with regard to this matter at the present time.