Suspected Swine Fever, Blackmore.

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 17th July 1924.

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Mr. SMITH:

My right hon. Friend is aware of the circumstances of this case. The notification of suspected swine fever did not reach the Department until after office hours on the 10th inst., but telegraphic instructions were sent to the local veterinary surgeon early on the 11th instant. Unfortunately the veterinary surgeon was out on his rounds when the Ministry's telegram arrived, and he was not able to visit the premises in question until the following day. I may add that cases in which delay occurs are quite exceptional, and my right hon. Friend will see that they are avoided whenever possible.