HC Deb 28 July 1915 vol 73 cc2295-6W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the loss and delay that is caused to traders in this country by the Regulations requiring quarantine of lambs imported from Ireland; and whether, in view of the absence of disease in lambs so imported, and the present scarcity of meat, he will consider the desirability of suspending or modifying these Regulations?


The Regulations to which the hon. Member refers have been from time to time the subject of careful and prolonged consideration, and I see no special circumstances at the present time which call for their suspension or modification. The hon. Member will no doubt realise how much greater the interference with the meat supply would be if disease of any kind were to occur which would lead to a stoppage of imports from Ireland, than can be possible under the present precautionary Regulations.