HC Deb 07 December 1931 vol 260 cc1509-10

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will take steps to see that the Calmette, or B.C.G., vaccine, concerning the bad effects of which upon experimental animals certain experts have given evidence at the inquiry into the death of 76 babies at Lübeck, shall not be used upon farm animals in this country without his consent?


I am informed that vaccine cultures have been distributed by Professor Calmette to responsible medical and veterinary authorities for experiment and trial. In this country three veterinary laboratories are supplying vaccine to veterinary surgeons for the treatment of calves born in certain selected infected herds, but no case has been brought to my notice in which the vaccine is alleged to have produced harmful effects. I understand that the vaccine is not being sold by commercial firms and is not obtainable by the public. I do not pro- pose to restrict the work of the laboratories engaged on farm trials of the vaccine.

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