HC Deb 28 March 1887 vol 312 cc1612-3
MR. MONTAGU (Tower Hamlets, Whitechapel)

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, If information has been received from Holland to the effect that Dutch cattle are free from contagious diseases; whether the Regulations in force in Holland are sufficient to satisfy the requirements of the Veterinary Department of the Privy Council, so as to allow the free importation of Dutch cattle into this country; whether any application has been made by the Dutch Government, during the last year, to place Dutch, cattle on the same favour- able footing as now exists with respect to cattle imported from Scandinavia; and, whether he will remove the present restrictions, so that Dutch cattle need not be slaughtered at the place of landing?


Information has been received from the Dutch Government to the effect that Dutch cattle are free from contagious disease; and an application was recently made to the Privy Council to permit the landing of Dutch cattle without being subject to slaughter or quarantine. In reply they were informed that the Regulations in force in Holland, under which German sheep are allowed to pass through the Netherlands to be shipped at Dutch ports, were not considered to be satisfactory, and that, in the circumstances, the Government do not deem it expedient to relax the restrictions on Dutch cattle. We have not received any reply to this communication.