asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture whether he can now say when the relaxation of the Muzzling Order can be expected in that portion of the London-Middlesex control of dugs area in which Farnham (Surrey) is situated?428W
Sir A. BOSCAWEN
It is not yet considered safe to revoke the London-Middlesex Control of Dogs Order. The regulations formerly in force have, however, been modified to the extent that the Board are now prepared to grant licences to residents in certain districts, which include the district of Farnham, by which, in special cases, dogs can be taken out of the area comprised in the above Order, subject to quarantine on private premises instead of premises under the control of a veterinary surgeon, as was formerly the case. In the event of no further cases of rabies being declared, the Board hope to be in a position to revoke the London-Middlesex muzzling operations early in the new year.