HC Deb 05 August 1966 vol 733 cc203-4W
Mr. R. W. Elliott

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied that regulations governing outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease are adequate for its control; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Mackie

Yes. Present legislation enables the imposition of an immediate standstill on the farm where our Veterinary Officers suspect foot-and-mouth disease. When disease is confirmed an Infected Area around the premises is declared. The size of this area varies according to circumstances but is never less than ten miles radius from the infected premises. No animals may be moved out of the area and movements of animals within and into the area are controlled by licence. The holding of markets is restricted; all infected animals and dangerous contacts are slaughtered compulsorily. This policy is by far the most effective way of dealing with the disease in an island such as ours where the disease is not endemic. From experience over recent years I am satisfied that the present regulations are adequate.