§ MR. BOLAND (Kerry, S.)
I beg to ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, can he give the actual date and port of importation of the one case of alleged swine fever from Ireland during the last three years; was this animal passed as free from disease by veterinary inspectors before being exported from Ireland; and can he state by what officer at the English port this case was alleged to be one of swine fever.
§ THE TREASURER OF THE HOUSEHOLD (Sir EDWARD STRACHEY,) Somersetshire, S.
The animal in question was imported at Milford on 21st November, 1905, being one of a consignment sent from Waterford to Cardiff. The Inspector of the Irish Department who examined the consignment before exportation saw no signs of swine fever. There is no veterinary inspection of pigs landed from Ireland at Milford, and the disease was†See page 73–4120 not discovered until the pig was slaughtered at Cardiff on 25th November, when an examination of the carcase showed disease of long standing. The diagnosis was confirmed by the veterinary officers of the Board.