§ Mr. ARKWRIGHT
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if the Department of Agriculture will consider the advisability of being represented by a veterinary or other official at the forthcoming bull sale in Hereford on 9th March, with a view to enabling Irish purchasers to remove their purchases to Ireland without unnecessary delay?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
There are so few importations from Hereford bull shows that the Department do not consider it necessary to incur the expense of sending a veterinary inspector there. No bulls were imported from these shows in 1907 or 1908, and only five in 1909. There was no unnecessary delay in the issue of the importation permits in these cases. Any intending importer can, on application to the Department, be sent the requisite forms to fill up at the show, and if the forms are then posted to the Department's Veterinary Branch, and are found to be correct, the permit can be telegraphed if so desired.