§ MR. KILBRIDE
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture, with regard to the fact that the importation of store pigs from Ireland, a non-infected area, into Lancashire has been prohibited since 1894, whether he can state about what time the Ulster pig dealers may hope to be allowed to carry on without restriction their trade with Lancashire; and what has been the alleged cause of the prohibition.
§ *THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. WALTER LONG,) Liverpool, West Derby
The regulations which prohibit the movement of Swine from Ireland into Lancashire except for slaughter and under licence were imposed by the Local Authority in order to prevent the introduction of Swine Fever into the county, and it rests with that Authority and not with myself to say whether, and if so at what date, the regulations may properly be withdrawn. It is, however, unfortunately not the case that Ireland is a "non-infected area," 371 outbreaks of Swine-Fever having occurred during the first 18 weeks of the present year