I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he is aware that the steamship "J. W. Taylor" which was black-listed on 10th February, 1899, arrived at Deptford on 4th January, 1899, and reported loss of 130 bullocks out of 150 shipped, and loss of 740 sheep out of 1,079 shipped; and whether it is intended that in future an expert outside those having any interest in the vessels shall give a certificate before the prohibition is removed.
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. LONG,) Liverpool, West Derby
The facts are as stated in the first paragraph of the hon. Member's question. We do not contemplate any change in our existing procedure in regard to these cases.
Is it a fact that the restrictions have been removed from this vessel, and that it is now free to carry cattle?
Am I to understand that all the restrictions have been removed from all vessels that were black-listed?
§ MR. WILLIAM ALLAN (Gateshead)
Is it a fact that the owners of these steamers have given guarantees as to the suitability of their vessels to carry cattle from the Argentine?