HC Deb 07 August 1888 vol 329 cc1846-7
MR. JEFFREYS (Hants, Basingstoke)

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether, under "The Markets and Fairs (Weighing of Cattle) Act, 1887," it is necessary to provide weighing machines for those sheep fairs in which tolls are taken where large numbers of store sheep are penned for sale, but no fat sheep or cattle are exposed for sale?

THE PRESIDENT (Mr. RITCHIE) (Tower Hamlets, St. George's)

Section 9 of the Markets and Fairs (Weighing of Cattle) Act, 1887, empowers the Local Government Board, upon the application of the market authority, to exempt any market or fair from the operation of the Act on the ground that the sale of cattle at the market or fair is, or is likely to be, so small as to ren- der it inexpedient to enforce the provision and maintenance of a place for weighing cattle and of a weighing machine. The Act itself does not in terms recognize any distinction between store and fat cattle; but it has been the practice of the Board when applied to to grant exemption to take into consideration all the circumstances of the case.