§ Mr. LONSDALE
asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that the English Board of Agriculture are considering the question of removing the embargo upon the importation of live cattle from the Argentine; and whether, having regard to the injury which would result to the Irish cattle industry from such a step, the Irish Department of Agriculture are taking any measures to safeguard Irish interests in this matter?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I understand that the Argentine Government have made representations to the English Department of Agriculture and Fisheries that, owing to the absence of foot-and-mouth disease for a year, animals should again be admitted into Great Britain for slaughter at the port of landing only. These representations are under consideration, and the Irish Department of Agriculture is in communication with the English Board on the subject. No question arises as to the importation of store cattle.