HC Deb 18 April 1907 vol 172 cc1164-5

I beg to ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether, on all future occasions when an outbreak of anthrax among cattle is reported, he will inquire whether oil cake has been used in feeding the infected cattle; and, if so, whether bags made from dangerous wool have been utilised at any stage in the manufacture of such oil cake, and, also, where bags of the description referred to have been used, the kind of material from which the bags have been manufactured.


It is already our practice, when anthrax is reported, to ascertain whether artificial feeding stuffs, including oil cake, have been used. Where necessary, samples of the feeding stuff, and of the bags in which it is contained are taken for experimental investigation. Up to the present, infection has not been definitely traced in any case to the material of which the bags are made.