§ Whereupon Mr. DEPUTY-SPEAKER, pursuant to the Order of the House of the 3rd February, proposed the Question, "That this House do not adjourn."
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Acland)
I promised at Question Time to make any further statement which I could in regard to the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Somersetshire. Further information which has come to hand this evening shows that the disease has been confirmed in five of the suspected outbreaks reported from the village of Monkton Combe. In the course of the afternoon reports of suspected disease have also been received from another set of premises at Monkton Combe and from one in the adjoining parish of South Stoke. There are, I am sorry to say, indications that the disease has been present, unrecognised, for a considerable number of days, and that some recent movement from infected premises has taken place.