§ MR. HALPIN (Clare, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that a suppressed Report of one of the Chicago yard inspectors, on which President Roosevelt acted, declared that of one lot of 500 cattle, slaughtered and exported in tins, 300 were tuberculous; and whether seeing that scientific experts have declared that boiling does not destroy the germs of consumption in tuberculous meat, the Government will prohibit the import of tinned meat till it is an established fact that no tuberculous beast will be allowed into the packing yards of Chicago and the other centres from which tinned meat is exported.
I have no information upon the subject of the Question, but I would refer to the reply given by my right hon. friend the President of the Local Government Board to a Question put by the hon. Member for the Newark Division on June 18th,† from which the hon. Member will see that the Government are considering the necessity of obtaining further powers for dealing with foods imported from abroad.† See (4) Debates, clviii., 1371.