§ Mr. Butcher
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has any information to give about the outbreak of swine fever in the county of Holland, Lines?
§ Sir R. Dorman-Smith
As a result of the large number of outbreaks of swine fever which have occurred during the last few months in the eastern counties, an Order prohibiting the holding of markets for store pigs and restricting the movement of pigs was applied on 9th October last to certain areas in those counties and on 1st November the operation of the Order was extended to embrace other areas, including part of the Holland Division of Lincolnshire. While it is too early to appraise the effect of the operation of this Order in the Holland Division I am glad to say that the swine fever position in the eastern counties has improved appreciably during the past month.