§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) how many known cases of hydatidosis in humans there were in each of the years from 1979 to 1988; and if he will make a statement concerning his policy for the eradication of hydatid disease;
(2) if he will make it his policy to introduce a system of free supply of medication for the eradication from dogs of hydatid disease; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Donald Thompson
The communicable disease surveillance centre at Colindale has received reports of the following numbers of cases of hydatid disease in humans.
Number 1979 5 1980 6 1981 8 1982 6 1983 22 1984 10 1985 12 1986 26 1987 20 1988 not yet available
My Department will co-operate with relevant health authorities to deal with hydatid disease in areas where this poses a risk to human health. I have no plans to introduce an eradication policy for this disease but would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Caerphilly (Mr. Davies) on 6 June, column 12–13.