Canadian Cattle Embargo.

Oral Answers to Questions — Genoa Conference. – in the House of Commons on 11th May 1922.

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Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone


asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he can assure the House that any proposal which may be submitted to the free vote of the House for the admission of Canadian store cattle, and the amendment of the Diseases of Animals Act of 1896, will be strictly confined to Canadian cattle coming direct by sea from Canada, and will not be applied to Canadian cattle sent through the ports of the United States of America?


I have been asked to reply. I understand that the Motion which it is desired to move is that the embargo on the importation of Canadian cattle should be removed. It would be for Mr. Speaker to decide what, if any, limitations this Motion places on the terms of the discussion, and what Amendments would be in order.

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

Will the right hon. Gentleman ascertain from the Secretary of State for the Colonies, or some other person concerned, the precise extent of the effect on British agriculture?


We must take the Motion as it stands on the Paper, and any Amendments or limitations will be the subject for discussion at the time.

Photo of Mr John Sturrock Mr John Sturrock , Montrose District of Burghs

Is it not the case that Canada can send all the Canadian cattle she wishes to send to this country through her own ports, and further, in view of the sensitive state of opinion on this matter in Canada, will the right hon. Gentleman make it plain to the British House of Commons as to there being no doubt about Canada being able to deal with this traffic without having recourse to American ports?

Photo of Mr Walter Elliot Mr Walter Elliot , Lanark

Before answering that——

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

Hon. Members have had several shots at this Motion.


We have only wounded it.