§ 34. Mr. EVERARD
asked the Minister of Agriculture which countries are now prepared to receive animals from the new quarantine station; and whether negotiations are in progress to endeavour to extend this arrangement to all countries?
§ The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. Guinness)
I understand that the Union Government of South Africa (with the Mandated Territory of South-West Africa), Northern and Southern Rhodesia, Kenya Colony and the Govern- 1063 ment of Palestine are prepared to receive animals from the quarantine station. Other Dominions and Colonies have been informed of the provision of the new station but have not yet indicated their readiness to accept animals which have passed through the station.
§ 35. Mr. EVERARD
asked the Minister of Agriculture how many animals can be accommodated at the new quarantine station at the East London Docks; to whom the applications for accommodation should be sent; and what is the cost per animal whilst they remain there?
§ Mr. GUINNESS
The Station contains 28 boxes and 18 pens, and the maximum accommodation, which depends on the size of the animals, would be about 50 cattle and 36 sheep and pigs. Applications for admission should be sent to the Secretary, Royal Agricultural Society of England, 16, Bedford Square, London. The charges for care and maintenance are £3 per head for cattle and £1 for sheep and pigs for the quarantine period of 14 days. For each separate consignment of animals from the same premises there is a fee of 10s. to cover the Ministry's out-of-pocket expenses.