§ Mr. Pearson
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will state the reasons why the number of slaughtered cattle under the Tuberculosis Order in Brecon and Radnor in the year ended 31st March, 1939, was only nine and two, respectively; and whether the frequency of inspection visits of cattle by the Department's veterinary staff for the purposes of the Tuberculosis Order is relatively equal in each of the Welsh counties?
§ Sir R. Dorman-Smith
The reason for the small number of cattle slaughtered under the Tuberculosis Order in Brecon and Radnor is the low incidence of the disease in those two counties. With regard to the last part of the hon. Member's question, I would point out that visits of inspection are not made under the Tuberculosis Order, and that animals are dealt with under that Order as a result of inspections for other purposes, of reports from farmers and others and of reports from Medical Officers of Health as to the existence of tubercle bacilli in milk.