HC Deb 04 July 1907 vol 177 c875

I beg to ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether his attention has been called to statements in an official Report of the medical officer of health for Portsmouth, to the effect that milch cows, badly diseased with tuberculosis, are systematically sold for human food at certain country markets; and further, that these cows, though almost dying from disease, had up to the time of their being exposed for sale been used for the supply of milk; whether he will have the facts as stated investigated; and, if found correct, whether the Board of Agriculture will make an Order, as empowered by the Diseases of Animals Act, 1894, making tuberculosis in animals the subject of administrative action by the Board.


The attention of my noble friend has been drawn to the Report to which my hon. friend refers, but as it deals primarily with matters of public health he proposes to confer with my right hon. friend the President of the Local Government Board before taking any action thereon.