HC Deb 07 May 1894 vol 24 cc456-7

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture if he is aware that at the Falkirk Tryst or Market, in Stirlingshire, Scotland, where upwards of 1,000 head of Irish cattle will, after payment of 6d. a head for market toll, be exposed for sale on the second Tuesday of August, the only cattle- weighing machine within the area of the market is an ordinary cart weighbridge, 72 inches by 42 inches, with an iron fence round the platform, a machine too small to weigh Irish bullocks measuring eight feet in length; if he is not satisfied with the accommodation for weighing, including the want of pens for holding cattle prior to being weighed, will he bring the case under the notice of the Lord Advocate, in order that he may instruct the Procurator Fiscal to take proceedings to compel the owner of the Tryst ground to supply a suitable weighbridge, with pens for holding stock, in time for the great market in August; and can any person put in force the provisions of Section 6 of "The Markets and Fairs (Weighing of Cattle) Act, 1887"?


The Market Authority of every market or fair in which tolls are authorised to be taken is bound to maintain to the satisfaction of the Board of Agriculture sufficient and suitable accommodation for weighing cattle, unless specially exempted by Order of the Board. The question of the hon. Member is the first suggestion which has reached me that the law has not been complied with in the case of the market to which he refers, and I will at once cause inquiry to be made into the matter and communicate the result to the hon. Member. So far as I am aware, there is nothing to prevent any person aggrieved from instituting proceedings under Section 6 of the Act of 1887.