§ SIR W. J. COLLINS (St. Pancras, W.)
To ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture whether, in the case of the recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease at Gorgie, the diagnosis was established as the result of naked-eye appearances or upon bacteriological evidence; and, if the latter, what are regarded by the Board of Agriculture as 1517 the bacterial characteristics of the disease.
(Answered by Sir Edward Strachey.) The diagnosis was based on the naked-eye appearances of the disease. The lesions were so typical of foot-and-mouth disease that no experimental test was considered necessary to establish the diagnosis.