HC Deb 29 March 1928 vol 215 cc1334-5
42. Sir R. THOMAS

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the fact that the export to this country from Argentina of the carcase of an animal which is affected with foot-and-mouth disease, or which has been in contact with affected animals, is prohibited by Argentine law, he will allow the importation of Argentine carcases slaughtered at Zeebrugge and passed by an inspector of the British Ministry of Agriculture stationed at the abattoir?


The Argentine law referred to does not render Argentine animals landed on the Continent and slaughtered at Zeebrugge immune from the risk of infection to which Continental cattle and fresh meat of animals slaughtered on the Continent are liable. The answer is therefore in the negative.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is considerable feeling in the country, now that he has taken action in this matter, that it is another extension of the Key Industries Act?