HC Deb 28 April 1890 vol 343 cc1534-5

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether Her Majesty's Government see their way to provide for the expenses of the Contagious Diseases (Animals) Pleuro-Pneumonia Bill without, on the one hand, encroaching on the grant for Pauper Lunatics, or, on the other, adding to the existing county rates?


Her Majesty's Government recognise the desirability of accomplishing both the objects stated by my hon. Friend. Fortunately, the proposed Beer and Spirits Duties afford us the means of doing so, and we propose that in Scotland the contribution to any costs of the execution of the Pleuropneumonia Act not covered by the £140,000 to be provided by Parliament shall be a charge against the Scotch share of the new Local Taxation (Customs and. Excise) Duties instead of against the Grant for Pauper Lunatics. The necessary Amendment on the Pleuropneumonia Bill will be put on the Paper.


Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us when the Amendments will be placed on the Paper, and when he proposes to take the Bill in Committee?


I am not able to say precisely when the Bill will be taken in Committee, but the Amendments shall be placed on the Paper in ample time for consideration by the Scotch Members.