§ MR. CHARLES DEVLIN
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Canadian Government have complained to His Majesty's Government in regard to preference shown other countries in the matter of the purchase of horses and cattle required for the re-stocking of farms in South Africa.
§ MR. AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN (for Mr. J. CHAMBERLAIN)
The question of obtaining cattle from Canada for the purpose of re-stocking farms in South Africa was brought before me by the High Commissioner, and his representations were communicated to Viscount Milner. I am informed, however, that Lord 1394 Milner's technical advisers in this matter preferred, for re-stocking purposes, stock from tick-infected countries, as experience had shown that they were less liable to, and better able to resist, the endemic diseases of cattle in South Africa than cattle from Canada or from this country. I have not received any complaint from the Government of Canada.