§ Mr. H. W. FORSTER
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India if a properly organised and efficient veterinary service has been established in India, either by the Government or otherwise; and what number of veterinary surgeons are in the service of the Government?
§ Mr. MONTAGU
A Civil Veterinary Department is maintained by the Indian Government. The Imperial or superior service consists of thirty superior officers, holding the diploma of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. They are distributed among the provinces, where they superintend all official civil veterinary work, including educational work in veterinary colleges, cattle disease and cattle breeding, and horse and mule breeding. There are five veterinary colleges for the training in India of veterinary inspectors and assistants. There are seventy-four of the former and 754 of the latter in the employ of the provincial Governments. A central bacteriological laboratory is maintained by the Government of India for the manufacture of anti-rinderpest serum and other similar remedies and for the prosecution of veterinary research.