HC Deb 12 May 1949 vol 464 cc2000-1
52. Mrs. Leah Manning

asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the present practice with regard to the inspection of horses used in the production of sera for veterinary use; and what steps are taken to ensure that they are treated with the same consideration as those animals furnishing sera for human beings.

Mr. T. Williams

Horses used in the production of sera intended to be used solely for veterinary purposes are not at present subject to official inspection. I am, however, now preparing for consideration and discussion with interested parties the draft of an order under the Diseases of Animals Act, 1935, regulating the manufacture of veterinary therapeutic substances and including provisions relating to the health and treatment of animals used in the production of sera.

Mrs. Manning

May I ask my right hon. Friend whether his answer means that the inspection for which I have asked, and which is very necessary in the case of some firms which are not as reputable as others, will be insisted upon?

Mr. Williams

I have no power to insist upon that kind of inspection at the moment.