HC Deb 24 April 1958 vol 586 cc88-9W
65. Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to obtain scientific confirmation of the circumstantial evidence on which his Department attributes over half the primary outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in Great Britain to infection brought by South American meat.

Mr. Godber

As I explained in the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend on 12th December, 1957, we collect all the information we can having a bearing on the origin of each outbreak. But the events that cause each case occur a week or more before the animals become ill and the trouble is reported. Therefore scientific confirmation is extremely difficult to obtain.