Foot-and-Mouth Disease

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th July 1964.

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Photo of Mr Christopher Soames Mr Christopher Soames , Bedford 12:00 am, 13th July 1964

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.