HC Deb 15 July 1963 vol 681 cc7-8W
Mr. Bullard

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will provide a list of the animal diseases for which it is his policy to slaughter contacts and to pay compensation to the owners.

2. Mr. Scott-Hopkins

Cattle reacting to the tuberculin test and cattle affected with clinical tuberculosis are slaughtered and cattle which have been in immediate contact with reactors may be slaughtered. Eradication by slaughter of infected stock and contacts applies also to the following animal diseases:

Diseases present in Great Britain

Swine Fever.

Fowl Pest (in all its forms in Scotland and in its per-acute forms, including Fowl Plague, in England and Wales).

Diseases absent from Great Britain

  1. (a) Since 1962: foot and mouth disease.
  2. (b) for many years:
  3. cattle plague
  4. contagious bovine pleuro-pneumonia
  5. sheep pox.

The Diseases of Animals Act, 1950, requires compensation to be paid for animals and birds slaughtered as above, except that no compensation is payable for poultry affected with fowl pest.