HC Deb 05 March 1912 vol 35 cc349-50W

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether, in view of the recent decision of the Canadian Department of Agriculture to remove the embargo upon the importation of English cattle owing to the present absence of foot-and-mouth disease from this country, and in view of the preference now enjoyed by Scottish over English stock owners owing to the unrestricted admission of their stock into Argentina, he will take steps, in the interests of English stock owners, to secure the removal of the Argentine embargo upon English live stock prior to the spring sale of pedigree shorthorn cattle at Bingley Hall, Birmingham, on 7th March?


The Argentine Government have, in common with other foreign governments, been officially informed of the existing position in Great Britain as regards immunity from foot-and- mouth disease. If they do not see fit, in the circumstances, to remove restrictions on the importation of cattle from England, I see no reason to suppose that any representation which the Government could make would have the effect desired. But the position will, of course, be kept continuously in view.