HC Deb 03 May 1934 vol 289 cc472-3
42. Sir G. FOX

asked the Minister of Agriculture the price of cattle in the Irish Free State and in Northern Ireland respectively, and the difference in price which is obtained by smuggling the cattle over the frontier and disposing of them in Northern Ireland for ultimate re-sale to this country?


I am advised that on 16th April the following prices for cattle ruled at the fairs near the border at Naas in the Irish Free State and Camlough in Northern Ireland respectively :

Calves under 9 months 30s. 105s.
Yearlings 50s. 140s.
Six quarter olds 95s. 170s.
Large stores 110s. 230s.
Fat cattle over 18 months 150s. 270s.
I have no information concerning the second part of the question.

Sir G. FOX

Will my right hon. Friend consider the advisability of taking steps to stop the great amount of smuggling that is going on at the present time?


I understand that an answer was given in the House by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury informing the House of the recent augmentation of the Customs staff.

Brigadier-General BROWN

If my right hon. Friend has no information that this smuggling is going on, will he inquire of anybody who lives on the borders, and will not the Government take some steps to stop this scandal, to which I called attention some six months ago?


I have no doubt that the Customs Department and the Government of Northern Ireland are doing all that they can. All I can say is that, as First Commissioner of Works, I have no personal knowledge of this matter.