§ Mr. O'SHEE
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture whether any trace of the existence of foot-and-mouth disease in Ireland has been found for a considerable period; what is the date of the last case of foot-and-mouth disease in Ireland which the Board of Agriculture deemed to be well authenticated; whether the detention Regulations imposed continue to be enforced; and, if so, whether the Board of Agriculture will now sanction their complete withdrawal?
§ Mr. ACLAND
According to the Board's information the last outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Ireland occurred on the 17th July, 1914. The Regulations which impose a detention of two1650W hours on Irish cattle at the port of shipment and ten hours at the port of landing in Great Britain continue in force. As has been explained on several occasions, these Regulations are intended to-be permanent in character, and the Board have no intention of withdrawing these of them for which they are responsible.
§ Mr. O'SHEE
asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) what is the date of the last authenticated case of foot-and-mouth disease in Ireland; whether the detention Regulations at British ports which were prescribed in connection with foot-and-mouth disease still exist; whether he has made representations to the Board of Agriculture that the same ought to be removed, and called the attention of the Board to-the heavy losses which Irish producers suffer in consequence of the Regulations; and whether he will press urgently for the immediate withdrawal of the detention Regulations?
§ Mr. RUSSELL
The last outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Ireland occurred on 17th July, 1914. Detention Regulations of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries arising out of outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in Ireland still exist at the British; landing places in respect of animals arriving from Ireland. The Department forwarded to the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries a resolution of protest passed by the Council of Agriculture in November, 1913, in regard to the ten-hour detention period at British ports. From various correspondence with the Board on the matter, the Department understand that the Board regard this detention period as a permanent arrangement. The question of rest and feeding after arrival of the animals at the landing places is also involved in the period of detention.