HC Deb 13 February 1930 vol 235 cc643-4W

asked the Minister of Agriculture if the statement published in the monthly publication entitled "The Journal of the Ministry of Agriculture," on 1st June, 1926, to the effect that there was no evidence as to the danger of foot-and-mouth disease infection to livestock from imported meat which was consumed as pork, was made by him officially on behalf of the Ministry?


The hon. Member is under a misapprehension. No official statement was published either in the Journal of the Ministry to which he refers, or, so far as I am aware, elsewhere, to the effect referred to. On the contrary, the findings of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Research Committee stow that it is possible for the virus of foot-and-mouth disease to remain active in any carcase imported from the continent so as to constitute a danger of foot-and-mouth disease infection to livestock in this country.