HC Deb 29 July 1912 vol 41 c1667W

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture if he is aware that a very serious disease has broken out among Swiss trout; and if he will make inquiry about it, and take whatever steps are necessary to prevent its introduction into the United Kingdom by live fish or ova imported from the Continent?


My attention has not been called to any disease peculiar to Swiss trout, but I am aware of the existence of epizootic disease among trout in some parts of the Continent. I will have inquiry made, and will consider what steps, if any, are necessary to prevent the introduction of the disease into this country. Legislation, however, would be required to enable the Board to prohibit the importation of live fish or ova.