HC Deb 10 May 1892 vol 4 cc515-6
VISCOUNT CRANBORNE (Lancashire, N.E., Darwen)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the difficulty which was experienced in Lancashire on the day when the pleuro-pneumonia restrictions were removed, by the fact that the railway companies had no notice of their removal, and refused to transport cattle on that day; and whether he will direct in future that just as notice of the restrictions is sent to the railway companies, so also shall notice of their removal?

MR. H. GARDNER (Essex, Saffron Walden)

Perhaps the right hon. Gentleman would also answer a question which I wish to put to him in connection with this subject. It is whether he is aware of the great complaints that have been made in Essex and elsewhere as to the manner in which notices from the Board of Agriculture have been circulated in rural districts, and whether he will impress upon the authorities the desirability of giving better publicity to them?


No, I am not aware of what the hon. Member has stated, but I will make inquiries about it, and see that proper publicity is given to these notices. I have no knowledge of the difficulty to which the noble Lord refers. The Order removing the pleuro-pneumonia restrictions in Lancashire was passed on 18th June, 1891, and took effect from 23rd June. Copies of it were sent on the day on which it was passed to all the principal Railway Companies in Lancashire, and on 20th June a copy was sent to every Railway Company in Great Britain. Speaking generally, I may say that the same measures are taken to notify the removal of restrictions as are taken when restrictions are imposed.