HC Deb 05 March 1931 vol 249 cc621-2W

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been drawn to the experiments which have been conducted in England with the Spahlinger and Calmette vaccines; and whether he is framing any plans on these or other lines for the eradication of tuberculosis from Scottish herds?


My attention was drawn to this matter by Captain Richard Buxton, who presented me with a summary of the report of experiments carried out by M. Spahlinger on a farm in Norfolk. I have suggested to him that in the interest of all concerned there should be a complete test by and under the independent control of recognised authorities who are experienced in research in this disease. Research work is being actively carried on at the Research Institute of Animal Pathology, Cambridge, and at the Ministry's Veterinary Laboratory, Weybridge, with a view to devising an effective and cheap method of immunising cattle against tuberculosis. The Calmette and other methods are being studied. Future plans depend to a large extent upon the result of research work now in progress.