§ MR. MCKILLOP (Armagh, S.)
To ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, if the veterinary inspectors of the animals division are under the direction of the assistant secretary, or are they on the staff and under the orders of the chief veterinary officer; if under the former is he prepared to place them under the latter.
(Answered by Sir Edward Strachey.) The veterinary inspectors of the Board take their instructions from the chief veterinary officer with regard to their professional business, but for certain administrative purposes they work under the direction of the assistant secretary in charge of our animals division. No change is contemplated in these arrangements, which have been in operation for many years past, and have been attended with extremely satisfactory results.