§ MR. J. P. FARRELL (Longford, N.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture if he will state whether, in view of the returns of alleged swine fever in Ireland during the past seven weeks, he will remove the restrictions at present in force against the landing of Irish pigs in England.
§ *THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. AILWYN FELLOWES, Huntingdonshire, Ramsey)
My Answer 1720 must be in the negative, for the reasons which I indicated in my reply to the hon. Member for Queen's County on the 20th ult†. As I then explained, the recent action of the Board was founded upon the fact that in Ireland no precautionary measures are taken against the movement of diseased swine, or swine which may have been exposed to infection, from one part of Ireland to another, and the fact that five outbreaks of the disease have been reported during the present year shows that there would still be a danger of its introduction into Great Britain if the restrictions were withdrawn.