HC Deb 13 July 1905 vol 149 c553

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he has seen that Mr. Fisher, the Canadian Minister of Agriculture, speaking officially on Friday in the House of Commons at Ottawa, pointed out that since the embargo was imposed a million and a half of Canadian cattle have been disembarked at British ports under the supervision of inspectors who could readily detect disease, and there had not been discovered the slightest sign of it; and whether the supposed danger of disease being introduced into Canada from the United States having, after several years experience, proved unfounded, he will now advise His Majesty's Government that the embargo on the importation of Canadian cattle may be safely removed.


I have seen telegraphic summaries of the speech to which the hon. Member refers, from which I gather that a further official communication is about to be addressed to us by the Canadian Government. We shall, of course, give any such communication our respectful consideration, but it would be premature for me as yet to add anything to what I have already stated on the subject or to anticipate the reply to be given to any representations which we may receive.