§ MR. NOLAN (Louth, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is 555 aware that cattle bought for slaughter in the Dublin market cannot be removed to any part of Ireland until the Local Authority is moved to assent to an application for the importation of cattle from that market, and the assent of the Veterinary Department of the Privy Council is also obtained; whether complaints have reached him that these restrictions have injuriously affected the Dublin Cattle Market; and whether he is prepared to recommend their modification, particularly in view of the fact that no case of pleuro has been discovered there since last March?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
The facts are substantially as stated in the first paragraph of the question. Complaints on the subject have been made by the Irish Cattle Traders and Stockowners' Association. The Irish Government have taken every precaution to prevent a recurrence of the disease in the few districts in Ireland in which there have been cases, and they do not think that it would be advisable or to the permanent interest of the Irish cattle trade to at the present moment modify the restriction in the Dublin district referred to.