§ 39. Mr. de Freitas
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is aware that, owing to the transport restrictions in force because of swine fever, animals taken in lorries from Lincoln and Lincolnshire by road to the Royal Show at Bristol must make a wide detour which adds substantially to the time and cost of the journey; and whether, if there are safeguards to prevent the animals being removed from the trucks during the journey, the regulations may be amended to allow the animals to be transported by the most direct route.
§ Mr. Godber
My right hon. Friend is aware of the situation to which the hon. Member refers, but swine fever is highly infectious and difficult to control, and my right hon. Friend does not think he would be justified in making an exception to the requirements of the Swine Fever (Infected Areas) Special Orders for pigs destined for the Royal Show.