Mr. TYSON WILSON
asked the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that on 8th February the Ringwood (Hants) Urban District Council gave instructions that three cows on the farm of Mr. Goulding, of Ashley, that were found to be suffering from tubercular disease of the udder, should be isolated, and that the milk obtained from them must not be sold; that on 22nd February, when the council's officer was 308W asked if the instructions had been carried out and if he could state where the cows were, he could not give the information asked for; that subsequent inquiries proved that Mr. Goulding had sold the cows, that they had been sent to London, and that the medical officer of health for the London County Council had been informed of this; and whether he will make inquiries with the view of ascertaining whether the cows have been killed and the meat sold to the public, or whether they are being used for dairy purposes, and the milk sold, contrary to the instructions of the district council?
§ Mr. BURNS
I have made inquiry on this subject. I understand that on 26th January last the Veterinary Inspector of the London County Council certified three cows on this farm to be suffering from tubercular disease of the udder, and that Mr. Goulding undertook not to use the milk from these cows. I also understand that the cows were afterwards sold, and that they eventually found their way to Salisbury market, where they were again sold, and that from that time they were lost sight of. I have not been able to obtain any further information with regard to them.