HC Deb 17 February 1908 vol 184 cc447-8

I beg to ask the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) if he is making any inquiries into the cause of the foot-and-mouth disease among cattle in Scotland, with the view of having the disease kept out of Ireland; and, if so, can he say to what it is attributed.


The Department understand that inquiries are being made in this matter by the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, and that so far as the inquiries have gone they point to the probability of infection having been conveyed in some hay of Dutch origin which was used as litter for the animals. The question as to whether any risk of a like character exists as regards Ireland is engaging attention.