Mr. De la Bère
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the fact that the expansion of the trade in the importation of pedigree cattle by Canada and the U.S.A. has been handicapped by fear in the importing countries of disease, he will make some pronouncement reassuring the importers and indicating the high standard of health of our pedigree stock throughout this country.
The general standard of health of our pedigree stock is well-known throughout the world. The fear that cattle brought from Great Britain might be responsible for introducing disease into Canada or U.S.A. applies almost entirely to foot-and-mouth disease and arises from the number of outbreaks of that disease which have been experienced in this country in recent years. To prevent any risk of that disease being carried by animals from this country to Canada, a quarantine station is maintained at Glasgow in which all cattle intended for shipment to Canada or U.S.A. via Canada are detained for 14 days prior to embarkation.