HC Deb 15 November 1917 vol 99 cc606-7W
Captain WRIGHT

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether it is the intention of the Government to remove the present restrictions upon the importation into the United Kingdom of live cattle, store or otherwise; if so, is the necessary legislation to be introduced during the present Session; and will he, before introducing such legislation, in view of the risk to our pedigree herds entailed by such removal, consult with the representatives of the various breed societies and give them an opportunity of making such representations as they may think fit?


It is not the Government's intention to remove the present retrictions upon the importation of live cattle into this country. In the case of Canada no legislation will be introduced unless and until the importation of live cattle born and reared in that country is found to be both practicable and consistent with our domestic policy after the War. Before any legislation is proposed, the Board would naturally take steps to obtain the views of breed societies upon this subject, and to impose whatever measures might be thought necessary to ensure that no appreciable risk of the introduction of disease should be run.