Canadian Cattle Embargo.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 4th July 1922.

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Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the Royal Commission on the overseas cattle embargo took any evidence from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, having regard to the fact that the care taken of animals sent to be fattened up in Great Britain is not likely to be nearly so great as in the case of stock for immediate slaughter at the ports?

Photo of Sir Harry Barnston Sir Harry Barnston , Eddisbury

I have been asked to reply. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals did not give evidence before the Royal Commission on the Importation of Store Cattle.

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

Could the hon. and gallant Member say whether it was outside their terms of reference? Is that the reason why this very important matter was not considered?

Photo of Sir Harry Barnston Sir Harry Barnston , Eddisbury

I am afraid that I could not say.

Photo of Major Murdoch Wood Major Murdoch Wood , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Central

Has the Minister of Agriculture ever had any representations before from this society as to the conditions under which these animals are brought over?

Photo of Sir Harry Barnston Sir Harry Barnston , Eddisbury

Perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend will put that question down.