§ MR. FRASER-MACKINTOSH (Inverness-shire)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture a question of which I have given him private notice. Whether his attention has been drawn to the difficulty experienced, under the restrictive Orders affecting certain counties in Scotland, in removing sheep that have been wintered away back to their own ground; and whether, as the matter at this time of the year does not admit of delay, he can state if it is intended to issue any General Order on the subject; and, if so, whether such Order can be made public before the end of the present week?
§ MR. CHAPLIN
My attention has been called to the circumstances referred to by the hon. Member, and I am quite aware that the difficulties in question are becoming urgent. Accordingly an Order is in course of preparation, and is being pressed on as speedily as possible, which I hope will be effective in meeting both these and other difficulties which have arisen in consequence of the restrictions which I have found it necessary to impose. I hope to be able to issue it in the course of next week; but, in the meantime, if there should be cases of urgent necessity 1695 they can be met by licence of the Board of Agriculture upon application being made to me.