(by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Agriculture what were the terms of the express arrangement with the Canadians referred to by the Attorney-General in last night's Debate, whereby whatever provisions on this side apply to Canadian cattle should apply equally to Irish cattle; also, what was the date of this arrangement? Will the right hon. Gentleman produce to the House the terms of that arrangement?
At the first meeting of the Conference with the Canadian Ministers on 14th October last, in reply to a question from the Canadian representatives as to whether, in regard to the six days' detention after landing, all cattle would be treated alike, Sir Arthur Boscawen said, "We treat you exactly the same," and Mr. Winston Churchill added, "There will be no discrimination." The same subject was considered, among others, by a Committee of experts on the 16th October, who reported that the Canadian representatives did not regard the regulation of movement of imported animals as a matter on which they were entitled to express any view, so long as such Regulations applied to all imported cattle.
Nothing of the sort was done. The arrangement was one which was made for our own benefit with regard to Irish cattle. All the stipulation with regard to Canada was that they should be treated in the same way as Ireland—no better and no worse.