HC Deb 01 July 1897 vol 50 cc872-3

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture if he can say what course he intends to take with regard to the Third Reading of the Mersey Docks Bill on 5th July; and whether he is aware that this Bill, if passed into law, would be very injurious to the cattle trade of Ireland?


Since the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary for Ireland to the similar Question addressed to him on May 27 last, further representations have reached us with regard to the Bill to which the hon. Member refers, and the conclusion at which we have arrived is that it would involve serious risk of the dislocation of the very important trade in cattle now carried on between Ireland and the port of Liverpool. This being the case, we do not propose to support its Third Reading.

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