§ 110. Mr. Mackie
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in view of the fact that the Canadian and United States animal health authorities do not object, if he will now permit artificial insemination by Charollais bulls of Canadian cattle as long as he is assured that the progeny will all be returned to Canada.
§ Mr. Scott-Hopkins
I take it the hon. Member has in mind Canadian Charollais cattle. On this assumption the answer is: No. My right hon. Friend gave careful consideration to this possibility in reaching the decision, which he announced last November, to restrict the use of semen to the purpose for which the importation was made and to prohibit its use for inseminating any female of the Charollais breed. Exports of semen to destinations outside the United Kingdom are prohibited for the same reason. Further consideration of these matters must await the outcome of the cross-breeding trials now in progress.