Mr. A. T. DAVIES
asked the Food Controller whether he is prepared by a Regulation or legislation with regard to tubercular cows to save the public from infected meat and milk and to give compensation to the farmer in respect thereof; and whether he is aware that every herd in this country has amongst it a consumptive cow?
§ Major ASTOR
My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. I understand that the Board of Agriculture propose to re-issue the Tuberculosis Order of 1914 as soon as the Milk and Dairies Act comes into operation. The draft Regulations necessary under this Act are now under consideration. Means are provided under the Public Health Act for enabling local authorities to prevent the sale of tuberculous meat With regard to the last part of the question, there is no definite information as to the number of cows suffering from tuberculosis in the United Kingdom. Some herds are known to be free from tuberculous cows.