HC Deb 08 December 1949 vol 470 cc168-9W
53. Mr. Spence

asked the Minister of Agriculture what inspections are carried out on poultry carcases delivered to this country from Hungary; what instances of fowl pest have been discovered in these consignments; and what action his Department takes when such cases are reported.

Mr. T. Williams:

Apart from the inspections by the Ministry of Food and local authorities, arrangements were made, a few months ago, for samples to be taken from consignments of Hungarian poultry so that they could be tested for the presence of fowl pest. Only one consignment of Hungarian poultry has been received between the end of July, when the arrangements were made, and the beginning of this week. Fowl pest was not found to be present in the samples taken from that consignment.