From 1st to 29th July inclusive, 68 outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease have occurred in 15 English counties.
§ Mr. G. SPENCER
Are any of these new cases due in any sense to the imperfect information given by the Royal Agricultural Society to Farmers, who sent their cattle and afterwards were prosecuted?
Marquess of TITCHFIELD
Can the hon. Gentleman see his way to rescind the order for slaughter of these animals affected with foot-and-mouth disease, as in my own county and many others—
§ 67. Mr. DODDS
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the continued dissatisfaction of the dairy-stock holders in Cheshire with regard to the different rates of compensation paid before and after December, 1923, in respect of stock slaughtered in consequence of foot-and-mouth disease; whether he has any evidence that the compensation paid in the earlier period has generally proved adequate for restocking with cattle of equal quality to the cattle slaughtered; and whether, with a view to allaying the discontent and sense of injustice existing in Cheshire, he will 2240 allow the list of payments made for slaughtered cattle to be inspected on behalf of the interested parties?
I have already dealt fully with the points raised by the hon. Member in answers to questions he put on the 3rd and 24th June, and as the settlements reached cannot be reopened, no useful purpose would be served by allowing the list of payments to be inspected.
If the Chamber of Agriculture will communicate with me, I will consider their communication.