HC Deb 15 July 1889 vol 338 cc405-7

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether the Government will, during the Recess, take into serious consideration the advisability of paying compensation for slaughter in pleuro-pneumonia out of a central fund, instead of county rates, having regard to the extreme un- airness of the present system towards the agricultural interest?

MR. H. GARDNER (Essex, Saffron Walden)

Do the Government possess any information as to any attempt to conceal cases of pleuro-pneumonia owing to the fear of increasing the rates of the locality where the cases occurred; and whether, as the stamping out of pleuro-pneumonia is a matter of Imperial interest, he will consider the advisability of charging the compensation on the Imperial Exchequer?


The last question is one of which I can have no personal knowledge, and it is obvious that notice of it should be given. With regard to the question on the Paper, I have to say that the Government will be prepared during the Recess to take into consideration the question to which my hon. and gallant Friend has called attention; but I would remind him that the question is not by any means a new one, and that it has more aspects than that which is put for ward with justice.