HC Deb 30 May 1867 vol 187 c1295

said, he wished to ask the Vice President of the Council of Education, Whether he is aware that the Orders in Council are evaded with regard to imported cattle and sheep to the Metropolitan Market; that imported cattle and sheep are sent to places in the neighbourhood of London, and then sent by road into the country; and even last week a large quantity of Merino sheep were sent by road to Brighton?


Complaints have been at various times addressed to the Privy Council on this subject, and, upon investigation, most of them have been found to be without foundation. However, as a precaution, we sent two Inspectors and two private individuals to watch the boundaries of those places where it was thought the most likely that the law would be broken. Sir Richard Mayne was also communicated with, and he has given strict directions to the police to keep a watch upon the boundaries. As yet we have learnt only of three cases that justify suspicion; and in all direct evidence is being collected, in order that, if it be advisable, the persons implicated may be brought to justice.