HC Deb 06 March 1866 vol 181 c1614

said he would beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade, Whether there be any intention on the part of Her Majesty's Government to extend the system of inspection and survey now applied to Emigrant and Passenger Ships to Vessels engaged in the Cattle-carrying trade, with a view to securing the health, safety, and comfort of animals brought into this Country, either for the purpose of being slaughtered for food, or for dairy and breeding purposes?


Sir, it is not the intention of the Government, as at present advised, to bring in any Bill in order to extend the system of inspection and survey now applied to the Emigrant and Passenger Ships to vessels employed in carrying cattle. Various regulations of a sanitary character have been proposed with respect to the importation of foreign cattle, for the purpose of preventing the introduction of contagious cattle diseases into this country. It has appeared, however, to the Government advisable that a Committee of this House should be appointed to inquire into this subject, and it is worthy of consideration whether such Committee should not also inquire whether any or what regulations should be imposed on the inland carrying of cattle by railways.