§ 63. Mr. STURROCK
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the immunity of Ireland from foot-and-mouth disease, he can see his way to reduce the period of detention of Irish cattle imported into Scotland from 28 days to six days, as desired by members of the National Farmers' Union" of Scotland?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of AGRICULTURE (Mr. W. R. Smith)
As there were 63 outbreaks in Great Britain during April, seven of them in Scotland, my right hon. Friend is advised that it would not be safe at present to reduce the period of 28 days' detention which Irish animals 630 have to undergo on farms in Great Britain. This view would appear to be supported by agricultural opinion, as 46 local authorities in Great Britain, including eight in Scotland, have in force Regulations prohibiting or regulating the movement into their districts of Irish animals.
§ Mr. STURROCK
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there are not several areas in the country subject to foot-and-mouth disease, but practically two only, and that this prolonged detention of 28 days at this season of the year is seriously adverse to all grazing areas, and will he consider the point now?