HC Deb 31 March 1887 vol 313 c73
MR. O'DOHEETY (Donegal, N.)

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Whether his attention has been called to the state in which Irish cattle are landed at British ports from cross-Channel steamers; whether he will inquire into the cause of their arriving in worse condition after eight or ten hours at sea than American cattle after 10 or 12 days on the Atlantic; whether the Regulations provide for ventilation and sufficient air space, or only deal with standing room; and, whether the Government will cause a Departmental Inquiry into this important matter, with a view to meet the complaints of those interested in the trade on both sides of the Channel?


No complaints have been received recently of the state in which Irish cattle are landed at British ports; but Irish stores in the busy season are sometimes overcrowded, and are knocked about a good deal in crossing. The Regulations require the ventilation of vessels in such a manner as to secure a proper supply of air in all states of weather. An exhaustive inquiry on the subject was held in 1878, the result of which was laid before Parliament, and nothing has since come to notice to call for further inquiry.