HC Deb 01 March 1939 vol 344 cc1285-6W
Mr. Markham

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in accordance with the recommendation of the Lovat Committee, an adviser in animal health will be appointed to the Colonial Office to assist colonial veterinary services?

Mr. M. MacDonald

An adviser on animal health was appointed in 1930. On his death in 1932 it was decided in view of the financial position and of other considerations not to appoint a successor. Since then the matter has been reviewed from time to time and has recently engaged my personal attention. I recognise that in some ways there would be advantage in the revival of the post, but I am not satisfied that the circumstances are such as would justify me in making an appointment at the present moment.

I understand, however, that the National Veterinary Medical Association wish to send a deputation to discuss this question with me, and I shall be prepared to receive such a deputation at an early date.