HC Deb 23 May 1878 vol 240 cc496-7

asked Mr. Attorney General for Ireland, Whether, in view of the urgent necessity of giving to Ireland a sanitary code similar to that given to England three years ago, he is in a position to fix a day for the consideration in Committee of the Public Health (Ireland) Bill, which is on the Paper for this day, and which has now been for three Sessions before the House; whether he will consider the propriety of including in the Irish code the provisions of "The Sale of Food and Drugs Act, 1875," which were omitted from "The Public Health Act (England), 1875," because the Bills were only passed the same Session, and also of including the provisions of "ThePublic Health (England) Amendment Bill," which has just passed through the House; and, whether, in view of the present state of public business, the large number of amendments now upon the Notice paper, and the importance of making the measure a complete sanitary code for Ireland containing the latest amendments in the English Law, he will, if not in a position to fix an early day for its discussion, consider the advisability of again referring the Bill to a Select Committee, or of withdrawing and reintroducing it with such amendments as may commend themselves to him, or of taking some other practical step to remedy during this Session the present unsatisfactory condition of Irish Sanitary Law?


I propose, within the next few days, to go into Committee on this Bill pro formâ, which will give me the opportunity of adopting, in the reprint of the Bill, some of the Amendments which have been suggested, and so facilitating the passing of the Bill during the present Session. I do not think it would be proper to include in the Irish code the provisions of the Sale of Food and Drugs Act, 1875, because that is an Imperial statute, and not peculiar to one country. Before, however, committing the Bill, I shall carefully consider the other Act named, with the view of adopting in the Public Health (Ireland) Bill any clauses that might seem suitable to Ireland.