HC Deb 23 April 1928 vol 216 c616
31. Mr. LOOKER

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that the number of cattle imported from Canada has fallen off from 110,155 in 1925 to 7,669 in 1927; and whether his Department is in possession of any facts to account for the diminished numbers imported?


I am aware of the decline in the importation of cattle from Canada, and I understand that this is due to the fall in cattle prices in this country, combined with the existence of a more remunerative market in the United States of America.


Can my right hon. Friend hold out any hope of the fulfilment of the statement by Liberal and Labour speakers at recent by-elections that importation of this cattle has resulted in a reduction of the price of beef by 6d. a 1b.?


No such reduction was ever brought about, even in the early days.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Why does the right hon. Gentleman say the reason for the falling off is the fall in the price of cattle? Is not that brought about by the fall in the price of meat?


That is a matter for individual opinion.

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