HC Deb 29 June 1971 vol 820 cc64-5W
25 and 44. Mr. Burden

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) if he will make representations to the Government of Eire to endeavour to engage their co-operation in stopping the export from that country of cattle bearing Northern Ireland ear-punch identification to destinations outside Great Britain;

(2) what steps he is taking to stop the traffic from Northern and Southern Ireland of fat cattle on which subsidy of £11.50 per head has been paid, in view of the fact that considerable numbers of these animals are subsequently shipped to North African and other markets, thus circumventing the whole intention behind the granting of the subsidy.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

My right hon. Friend does not propose to take steps to stop the export of fat cattle from Northern Ireland to Southern Ireland on which United Kingdom subsidy has been paid nor to influence the subsequent trade in these cattle.