HC Deb 30 July 1913 vol 56 c518

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he is still satisfied that the Diseases of Animals Act, 1910, so far as it concerns the trade in decrepit horses to foreign ports, is being effectively administered; and whether he has examined the published evidence of Mr. Percy Carew Essex and other careful personal investigators?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Runciman)

After carefully investigating every complaint brought to my notice, including published statements by Mr. Essex and others, I have no reason to think that the Board's inspectors engaged in administering the Diseases of Animals Act, 1910, have failed to do their duty I will gladly investigate any evidence to the contrary, accompanied by full particulars, which my hon. Friend may be able to furnish.