HC Deb 14 March 1923 vol 161 cc1601-2W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any protests have been received from the Governments of South Africa and Australia in regard to the deletion of a Clause in the Importation of Animals Bill which provided for the importation of cattle into this country under similar Regulations as provided for in the case of Canada and Ireland; and when the Government propose to introduce legislation enabling the promises made at the Conference to be redeemed?


I am aware that the deletion of the Clause to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers caused disappointment in Australia and South Africa. As to the latter part of the question, I would remind him of the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Colonies in another place when the Bill was under discussion, to the effect that, if the question of removing the restrictions in the case of the Dominions other than Canada were raised at the next Imperial Conference, arid a mutually satisfactory arrangement reached, legislation would be introduced by His Majesty's Government to give effect to that arrangement. A communication in this sense has been sent to the Commonwealth and Union Governments.