HC Deb 08 March 1945 vol 408 cc2237-8W
Colonel Carver

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he can give any estimate of the losses suffered in Great Britain in 1944 through animal diseases; and by what date he anticipates a completely adequate veterinary service will be available to and properly utilised by farmers.

Mr. Hudson

It is difficult to form a close estimate of the total losses due to animal disease, but the Loveday Committee on Veterinary Education, reporting early in 1944, put them as high as £30,000,000 per annum. The second part of the Question is even harder to answer, but I am afraid there is very little prospect of civilian veterinary services being increased until after the war.