HC Deb 09 July 1953 vol 517 cc1459-60
6. Sir L. Ropner

asked the Minister of Agriculture the total amount paid in 1952 for compensation for stock slaughtered because of outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in England.

Sir T. Dugdale

One million, seven hundred and twenty-one thousand, eight hundred and seventy-one pounds.

Sir L. Ropner

Can my right hon. Friend say how that compares with the previous year?

Sir T. Dugdale

The figure for 1952 was very high indeed. I have given the House the English figure for 1952. The figure for 1951 was £376,874. Up to 3rd July this year the figure is £57,000.

Mr. Brown

Could the Minister say whether the committee of inquiry is nearing the end of its labours, as it is getting rather belated?

Sir T. Dugdale

It has almost finished taking evidence and will be visiting the Argentine, Norway and Sweden very shortly. Its report is expected to be ready by the end of the year.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how much we are spending on research into foot-and-mouth disease?

Sir T. Dugdale

That is a different question altogether.