HC Deb 15 May 1934 vol 289 cc1594-5

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether, in view of the increase in the smuggling of livestock from the Irish Free State to Northern Ireland, he will in future make it necessary for War Office purchasers of Army remounts in Northern Ireland to obtain proof that the remounts have not been imported from the Irish Free State or that Customs Duty has been paid upon them if such should be the case?


I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave on 22nd February last to the hon. Member for East Dorset (Mr. Hall-Caine), to which I am unable to add.

Sir G. FOX

Is my hon. Friend aware that after the passing of the Finance Bill it will be possible to get evidence as to whether cattle have been smuggled or not, and could not the same information be got in regard to Army remounts?


If my hon. Friend will study the answer I gave to the hon. Member for East Dorset last February, he will see why there is no action that the War Office can take in the matter.