HC Deb 12 July 1877 vol 235 c1180

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, If the Irish Executive are at present possessed of the legal powers requisite to give effect to any course which may be considered advisable for stamping out the Colorado beetle, should it appear in Ireland; and, if not, does he intend to bring in any Bill or take a Vote in Supply this Session to further this object?


If any expenditure on the part of the Government should be rendered necessary by the appearance of the Colorado beetle in Ireland, I have no doubt that Parliament would readily vote it; but there appears no reason for taking a Vote in Supply this Session for the purpose, nor do I think that further legal powers are required. I may state that the story which has appeared in the public journals, that this beetle has been found on the quays in Dublin, is not true. The insect which was found has been seen by Professor Ferguson and other gentlemen, and I am informed that it is not a true beetle, and is more than double the size of the Colorado beetle, which it in no way resembles.