§ Mr. Geraint Howells
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to combat an outbreak of rabies in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Morris
The Rabies (Control) Order 1974 provides comprehensive powers to contain and eliminate the disease in the event of an outbreak anywhere in Great Britain. The detailed implementation of those powers in Wales would take into account the nature of any outbreak and local circumstances. Contingency planning is well advanced and officials of the Ministry of Agriculture are working continually, in association with local authorities and other interested Departments and bodies, to ensure that plans, manpower and equipment are available to meet any likely outbreak.