HC Deb 24 June 1913 vol 54 cc977-8W

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he can give the names and ranks of officers of the Board who have made voyages to the Continent in vessels carrying old horses between the date of the operation of the Exportation of Horses Order, 1898, and the Diseases of Animals Act, 1910; which of these officers have made voyages since 1910; whether the travelling inspectors appointed under the Act have been employed for the whole of their time on this service in connection with the worn-out horse traffic; and whether there is an inspector on regular duty at each of the ports from which the horses are shipped?


During the period mentioned in the first part of the question the following officers of the Board made voyages to the Continent on board ships carrying horses:—Captain Spencer, divi- sional and general inspector; Commander Chamberlain, divisional and general inspector; Mr. Carter, divisional and general inspector; Mr. Douglas, divisional and general inspector; Mr. Landon, general inspector; Mr. Kenyon divisional inspector; Mr. Strangwayes, district inspector; Mr. Revill, veterinary inspector. After the passing of the Diseases of Animals Act, 1910, Mr. Revill was, specially appointed to supervise, the administration of the Act, and, except during a short period last year, when his services were required for dealing with the epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease, he has given his whole time to this work. Since the 1st October, 1910, voyages to the Continent have been made by Mr. Revill, Mr. Smith, Mr. Brown, and Mr. Longhurst, all veterinary inspectors of the Board. The answer to the last part of the question is in the affirmative.