§ MR. FULLERTON (Cumberland, Egremont)
To ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether he has any official information showing that sheep are in the best possible condition of protection from parasitic attack when the old-established custom of salving is adopted by farmers; and, if so, whether he will see that no compulsion is exercised on farmers to dip their sheep in all cases where the sheep have been effectively salved.
(Answered by Sir Edward Strachey.) The Board raise no objection to the salving of sheep, but in view of the conclusions arrived at by the Departmental Committee on the dipping and treatment of sheep, and of the advice of their veterinary officers on this matter, the Board cannot regard it as such an effective precaution against sheep scab as dipping in an approved sheep-dip.