HC Deb 09 February 1971 vol 811 c82W
25. Sir H. Harrison

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied with the uptake of live vaccine following his recent change of vaccination policy on fowl pest; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Prior

Since live vaccine was approved for general use, substantial supplies have been taken up. But in recent weeks, about 85 per cent. of affected flocks were still not properly vaccinated: most of these were small flocks. I must repeat that this epidemic will only be brought under control if all producers undertake effective vaccination.

62. Mr. Rost

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many outbreaks of fowl pest have been reported in Derbyshire during the recent epidemic; and what recommendations he will make to prevent a recurrence.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

From the beginning of the present epidemic to 7th February there were 148 outbreaks of fowl pest in Derbyshire, involving 430,236 birds. The only way to reduce the number of outbreaks and bring the epidemic under control is for all poultry keepers, no matter how small their flocks may be, to vaccinate their stock regularly and effectively.