asked the President of the Board of Agriculture a question of which he had given private notice, namely: Whether he has received a telegram from the North of Ireland and Ulster Agricultural Society complaining of the present conditions for shipping lambs from the North of Ireland to Manchester, Salford, and other places—conditions which are causing most serious loss to the farmers, and whether he can make any statement on the subject?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
I received the telegram to which the hon. and gallant Gentleman refers. Up to the present, 1,561 Irish lambs have been landed in Great Britain this season, and about 700 have been landed since Thursday morning last. No difficulty whatever has been found in feeding them at the landing place, and there is not the slightest foundation for the suggestion that the conditions imposed by the Board's Order are injurious to these lambs, and I am glad to have this opportunity of making this public again.