§ MR. H. E. KEARLEY (Devonport)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture what are the duties performed by Major Tennant additional, if any, to those in connection with the prevention and suppression of disease amongst animals; what is the separate status now given under the recent re-organisation to the veterinary officers of the Board of Agriculture; and whether the portal veterinary inspectors are included in the Animals Division, or is their status the same as the veterinary officers of the Board?
§ * THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. HERBERT GARDNER, Essex,) Saffron Walden
The principal duties performed by Major Tennant in addition to those to which my hon. Friend refers, have relation to the transit of animals by sea and land, the supervision of market accommodation, and to the business devolving upon the Board under the Markets and Fairs (Weighing of Cattle) Acts. The status assigned to the two veterinary surgeons who form part of the permanent staff of the Department, is that of chief veterinary officer and assistant veterinary officer respectively. In addition, the services of Professor Brown are available as consulting veterinary adviser. The portal veterinary inspectors are not comprised within the Animals Division, and no change has been made in their status.