§ 51. Mr. C. BATHURST
asked the President of the Board of Agriculture if he is aware that the United States Government have expressed themselves as satisfied that the formic-mercury process for the sterilisation of dry hides and skins against anthrax infection is likely to meet the requirements both of their port authorities and also of the American leather trade; and whether, in view of the reference to this subject in the Report of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Departmental Committee and of the prevalence of anthrax in this country, he proposes to advocate the adoption of this or any other process of hide sterilisation, or alternatively to institute a further and more specialised inquiry into the subject?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
The Board have received no official information as to any opinion expressed by the United States Government on the subject to which the hon. Member refers. The Board are considering whether it is practicable to give effect to the recommendation of the Departmental Committee on Foot-and-Mouth Disease with regard to the sterilisation of imported hides.