§ 40. Mr. Wolrige-Gordon
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is satisfied with the export figures of the pedigree cattle trade; and what steps he will take to improve the position.
§ Mr. Peart
No. I am seldom satisfied with any export figures. But I am glad to say that exports of cattle for breeding in the first nine months of 1964 were at a higher rate than in any recent year and substantially exceeded the total for the year 1963. The Livestock Export Council and those represented on it are to be congratulated on this success. Further improvements in livestock exports are, as with any other exports, primarily for the industry to pursue.
§ Mr. Wolrige-Gordon
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the figures in money value per annum over the last five years of United Kingdom exports of pedigree cattle.
§ Mr. Peart
There are no figures available for exports of pedigree cattle; the Trade Accounts heading "Bovine cattle for breeding" includes non-pedigree cattle. Exports to the Irish Republic listed under this heading include many non-pedigree cattle but few would be included in exports to other destinations. I am therefore showing, within the total values, separate figures for the Irish Republic and other destinations. The figures are as follows:
in England and Wales: in October, 1954, there were about 4,850.