HC Deb 25 July 1912 vol 41 c1381W

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether, in the course of the investigations which have been carried out by the officers of the Board into the causes of the recent outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease, any inquiry was conducted to ascertain whether the same were traceable to similar causes to those which the United States Department of Agriculture, in Circular 147, assert to be responsible for the outbreaks of that disease in the States in 1902–3 and in 1908; if such inquiry was made, what was the result; and, if no such inquiry was made, why is the possible infection with vaccine lymph ignored in the Board's investigations after the experience of America?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. In no case was there any evidence whatever which suggested that infection was attributable to the cause suggested by the hon. Member.