HC Deb 30 June 1955 vol 543 cc487-8
30. Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will permit, with the necessary veterinary safeguards, the importation of naturally polled Hereford, Shorthorn and Ayrshire bulls from North America for use at artificial insemination centres.

Mr. Amory

I will certainly consider on its merits any specific proposal of this kind that may be put to me.

Mr. Hurd

Will my right hon. Friend say whether any approaches have been made to him by either the Scottish or the English Milk Marketing Boards, whose members have asked for these facilities?

Mr. Amory

I cannot answer the question specifically, but I will look into the matter and let my hon. Friend have a reply.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us whether it is really necessary to import Ayrshire bulls from North America?

Mr. Amory

I hesitate to lay down the law about anything that concerns Scotland.

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