HC Deb 21 June 1951 vol 489 cc706-7
47. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has now a report to make on the steps he is taking to ensure improved conditions for the transport of horses and cattle from Eire.

Mr. T. Williams

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 14th June to the hon. and gallant Member for Ayr (Sir T. Moore).

Mr. Freeman

Can my right hon. Friend say when he will be able to announce a decision?

Mr. Williams

My hon. Friend has already been made aware that we have communicated with the Southern Ireland Parliament, the Northern Ireland Parliament, the Ministry of Transport and the Chamber of Shipping seeking their advice on the regulations he has in mind?

Sir Ralph Glyn

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that there is a considerable trade now in importing donkeys for food in this country and that the conditions under which they are transported are deplorable?

Mr. Williams

I have not heard of that.