The following Question stood on the Order Paper in the name of Mr. ALFRED WILLIAMS:To ask the Minister of Agriculture how many outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease there were last week; and whether the origin of the recent outbreaks in Kent and Sussex has yet been traced.
§ Mr. SPEAKER
I told the Ion. Member that he could ask the question if we reached it before a quarter to Four o'clock.
In the outbreak at Wacton near Norwich, confirmed on the 23rd November, 26 cattle were found affected, all with recent lesions. In all 146 animals have been slaughtered at an approximate cost for compensation of £1,550.
The outbreak at Ramsbury, Wiltshire, was confirmed on 25th November. Five cattle with recent lesions were found affected. Fifty-five cattle have been slaughtered. No origin has yet been established in either case, but inquiries are still proceeding.
As regards the last part, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 22nd November to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Louth (Lieut.- Colonel Heneage).