§ 65. Mr. Turton
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the disinfection of a vehicle after it has carried imported meat prior to its carrying livestock or feeding-stuffs is obligatory; if so, under what authority these powers to enforce disinfection are exercised; and whether due publicity has been given to these obligations.
The answer to the first part of the Question is "No, Sir", and I am sorry if any statement made during the Debate on the Adjournment on 17th November, gave a misleading impression. The relative Order made under the Diseases of Animals Acts requires vehicles carrying livestock to be disinfected after each load of animals has 727 been discharged. I understand that Ministry of Health Regulations require all vehicles used for the conveyance of meat to be kept in a clean and hygienic condition.
§ Mr. Turton
Now that the mistake has been admitted, will my right hon. Friend consider the argument that I used at the time, that it is even more important to disinfect a vehicle carrying imported meat than livestock, and will he bring in regulations to deal with it at once?
The matter is not one within my sole jurisdiction. The question is under examination but I cannot give any sort of promise of what action will eventually be taken.