Between January, 1952 and June, 1962, there were 1,469 outbreaks. Compensation paid to owners whose animals had to be slaughtered under the eradication policy totalled about £8¼ million. I am happy to say that since June, 1962, there has been no outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. This is the longest period of freedom from this disease since 1918.
First, to the continuation of our slaughter policy at home and to improvements in the control of imports of offal, particularly pig meat offal, from the Argentine, and better arrangements within the Argentine itself. Secondly, to the fact that many neighbouring European countries have been going over to the slaughter policy, and this has had a very considerable effect here at home.