Diseased Cattle (Imports).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 15th March 1922.

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Photo of Mr John Cairns Mr John Cairns , Morpeth

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asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that cattle is coming into this country from Canada and other parts abroad diseased; that diseased meat is being used as food in this country; and will he prevent such cattle entering this country and such meat being used as food?

Photo of Sir Harry Barnston Sir Harry Barnston , Eddisbury

I have been asked to reply. The reply to the first two parts of the question is in the negative, and the last part, therefore, does not arise. I may explain that on arrival at the ports cattle are subjected to inspection for contagious diseases by officers of the Ministry of Agriculture, and that, after slaughter, the carcases of such cattle are inspected by the sanitary authorities.

Photo of Mr John Cairns Mr John Cairns , Morpeth

Does the hon. and gallant Gentleman mean that there is no disease in these cattle, and, if so, will he not take the embargo off?