§ Sir A. Bossom
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what evidence he has that wild birds might be carriers of fowl pest.
Sea birds contributed to the spread of infection in a series of outbreaks in Scotland in 1949. Apart from this, I have no evidence that fowl pest has been carried by wild birds in this 73W country. I am advised that any birds are capable of carrying infection. The slaughter policy, together with the disinfection of premises, very greatly minimises any chance of wild birds picking up infection.