Mr. Baker White
asked the Minister of Agriculture why day-old chicks have been imported recently from Denmark and the Netherlands; and what arrangements have been made for future importations.
§ Sir T. Dugdale
Imports of day-old chicks are on open general licence, and there are consequently no restrictions on importation other than those imposed under the Disease of Animals Act. Under the Poultry and Hatching Eggs (Importation) Orders, 1947 and 1952, imports from Denmark are permitted under conditions designed to secure that the chicks are free from disease, but owing to the existence of fowl pest in that 223W country imports from the Netherlands are prohibited and none have taken place recently.