asked the Minister of Agriculture how many cases of fowl pest have occurred in England and Wales during this year up to 4th November; to what extent the source of these outbreaks is imported live or dead poultry; and to what extent the disease is spread by unsatisfactory marketing arrangements.
There have been 86 such outbreaks. Thirty-seven of these are definitely attributable, directly or indirectly, to infection brought to this country by imported poultry carcasses. In many other cases it was not possible to trace the origin definitely. Special arrangements for marketing have been imposed in certain areas to assist in the control of the disease, which does not appear to have been spread through markets recently.