The total cost of combating foot-and-mouth disease during the financial year ending 31st of March, 1926, was £311,980, and for the period during the present financial year up to the 30th of November last, £169,983.
§ Mr. A. WILLIAMS
asked the Minister of Agriculture how many cases of foot-and-mouth disease have occurred last week; and whether any progress has been made in discovering the origin of recent outbreaks where contact with diseased animals has not taken place?1690W
Two outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease were confirmed during the week ending 4th December, namely, at Chester and Weekly, Northants, both on 29th November. The origin of these outbreaks is obscure. Nothing further has been discovered since my answer to my hon. Friend's question on 17th November, which would account for the origin of recent outbreaks where contact with diseased animals has not taken place.