HC Deb 14 December 1966 vol 738 c436
10. Mr. Monro

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what approaches he is making to the Government of Eire to allow the import into that country of pedigree beef heifers for breeding purposes.

Mr. John Mackie

I have had correspondence with the hon. Member on this matter and I shall be glad to discuss it with him at any time.

Mr. Monro

Does the Parliamentary Secretary realise that that is a most unsatisfactory Answer? Is not he aware that the Government should encourage the export of breeding cattle, such as Galloways? Will not he make representations to the Irish Government in this respect?

Mr. Mackie

We are always very anxious to help the export of cattle but, as the hon. Member knows, the Irish Republic have laid down certain conditions. The hon. Member also knows that it is difficult to get over these at the present time, but we are doing our best.