HC Deb 05 June 1893 vol 13 c191

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the complaints of agriculturists in Scotland on account of the large numbers of fat Canadian cattle now being slaughtered at one time on landing at Shieldhall, Glasgow, seriously affecting the price of home-fed fat cattle, and that it would be much to the advantage of Scottish farmers if they could feed young Canadian cattle for the market; and whether, in the interests of Scottish agriculturists, the present prohibition against the importation of Canadian cattle for feeding purposes will be removed at the earliest possible date?


I am well aware of the feeling to which my hon. Friend refers, and I should be very glad to find myself in a position to remove the existing restrictions if I could do so consistently with the wider interests which it is my statutory duty to consider. At the moment I can only say that I must await the complete results of the special examination of the lungs of the animals arriving in this country which is now proceeding.

MR. CHAPLIN (Lincolnshire, Sleaford)

Is the right hon. Gentleman able now to give us the result of the examination of the lungs which he told us last week was under consideration?


No. It is a special microscopical examination, and I have not yet received the Report.