§ Lieut.-Colonel FREMANTLE
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture on what date the Tuberculosis Order of 1913 will come into force; whether whole-time veterinary surgeons are to be appointed to carry on the required inspections; and whether he is 1842W acting in close co-operation with the Ministry of Health in the serious intention of reducing the prevalence of tuberculosis, so far as may be possible by Government measures?
Sir A. BOSCAWEN
It is anticipated that the Tuberculosis Order, either in its present form, or slightly amended, will come into operation at the same time as the Milk and Dairies Act. The question of employing whole-time veterinary surgeons is under consideration, but the matter is one which presents serious difficulties. The Ministries of Health and Agriculture are acting in close co-operation in this matter, and the possibility of introducing a system whereby herds may be guaranteed free from tuberculosis is under consideration by my Department?