§ Mr. A. FELL
asked the President of the Local Government Board if the shipment of Chinese pork has now been passed by the inspectors, and if he has received any report from the inspectors of the condition of the pork?
§ The PRESIDENT of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. John Burns)
A small proportion only of the consignment of Chinese pigs has been exmined at present, as the examination is only made as the carcases are required for 353 trade purposes. As yet no report has been presented by the Medical Officer of Health for the City on the subject, and the time has not yet arrived when a general report could be made.
§ Mr. O'SHAUGHNESSY
Would it not be a fraud on Irish pork, for instance, if it were sold merely as pork, and if it were bad?
§ Mr. BURNS
The examination of the pigs is carried out in the ordinary course of meat inspection made under the Public Health (Foreign Meat) Regulations, 1908, by officers who are appointed and paid by the City Corporation. The charge for the storage of the carcases pending examination falls upon the importers.
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD Of TRADE (Mr. H. J. Tennant)
A single consignment of frozen pork was imported into the United Kingdom from China at the end of July, but too late for inclusion in the trade returns for that month. It amounted to 6,020 cwts. valued at £11,238.