HC Deb 02 May 1922 vol 153 cc1177-8W

asked the Minister of Agriculture the conditions under which the diagnosis of the English Government experts, with regard to disease found in Canadian cattle, was made, and the result of such diagnosis?


In October, 1892, certain farmers of Fifeshire and Forfarshire reported to the police that they suspected recently imported Canadian store cattle to be affected with contagious pleuro-pneumonia. Veterinary inspectors of the local authorities concerned reported to the Board of Agriculture that they also suspected the animals to be affected with the disease. They were, accordingly, instructed to kill the suspected animals and to send their lungs to the Royal Veterinary College, London, where they were examined by Sir George Brown, M.R.C.V.S., of the Royal Veterinary College, and Director of the Veterinary Department of the Board of Agriculture, and other pathologists, who diagnosed the lesions present to be those of contagious pleuro-pneumonia. The Board accepted the correctness of this diagnosis, and prohibited the entry of live animals into the interior of Great Britain, but still permitted Canadian cattle to be imported for slaughter at the ports.