HC Deb 15 February 1866 vol 181 cc508-9

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether any general orders have been issued by the Irish Government to the Constabulary and Revenue authorities, requiring them to inspect all vessels arriving at any place on the Irish coast, with a view to enforcing the Orders in Council prohibiting the importation of cattle and sheep? The hon. and gallant Member said there were reports in the north of Ireland that cattle were carried there clandestinely, in small vessels, from England.


said, he could not state what the specific instructions were, but instructions to the effect mentioned had been given. A short time ago he received a request from the Lord Lieutenant that a vigilant supervision should be exercised by the Customs authorities at the ports in England and especially in Scotland whence cattle might possibly be embarked for Ireland. The attention of the Irish Government had been closely directed to the subject, and no doubt they had given specific instructions to guard against the danger apprehended.