HC Deb 24 May 1976 vol 912 cc54-5W
Mr, David Price

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what answer he has given to the National Yacht Harbour Association's request to the Government to implement their six-point scheme to reduce the risk of rabies being introduced into Great Britain by animals on board yachts coming from foreign ports.

Mr. Strang

The adoption of the association's six points would all involve legislation. The suggestion concerning powers of arrest and penalties is now under consideration in conjunction with my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary. The other suggestions affect the Rabies (Importation of Dogs, Cats and other Mammals) Order 1974. All these matters are now being considered, but in the meantime we are encouraging the association and other appropriate organisations and authorities to take what steps they can locally to prevent the illegal landing of animals.

Fat Sheep (excluding fat ewes) Lambs Shorn Hoggets Unshorn Hoggets Fat Ewes
P/lb. P/lb. p/lb. p/lb. £/head
In the week ending—
27th March 49.0 53.84 None auctioned 48.91 18.84
3rd April 50.9 56.37 37.50 50.71 17.56
10th April 53.0 59.76 45.26 51.91 16.14
17th April 51.9 56.96 46.19 50.06 14.81
24th April 54.5 60.64 43.04 51.39 14.89
1st May 55.9 59.53 45.43 52.53 15.59
8th May 56.0 58.41 46.84 51.94 16.37
15th May 52.4 53.62 47.31 48.72 15.76