The local authority may make bye-laws regulating the construction of pigstyes, the
places in which they may be erected, and the mode of cleansing them at proper intervals so as to prevent them from becoming a nuisance or dangerous to public health.
§ SIR L. LYELL
moved to leave out the Clause. He said this clause was not in the Bill when it first appeared, and he was quite at a loss to understand what motive the Lord Advocate had in inserting it. To his mind it was not a Clause dealing with the public health of human beings. It was a Clause that regulated the public health of pigs. If they were a nuisance they could be summarily dealt with by Clause 16 of the Bill. The best thing that could happen if this Clause were retained, would be that local authorities should disregard it and pass no bye-laws. He thought the Clause entirely unnecessary in the interests of public health.
§ *THE LORD ADVOCATE
said this Clause was put in on the Motion of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Aberdeen, and he should leave him to defend his own pigs. He, of course, stuck to the decision of the Committee.
§ MR. BRYCE
said he moved this Clause because he was instructed, by those who had a greater knowledge of sanitary affairs than he could pretend to, and in point of fact pig-styes were a very great nuisance, because they were badly constructed. If they were better constructed it would be possible to prevent them becoming a. nuisance. The Clause was accepted unanimously by the Committee.
§ Clause 36,—
§ DUTY OF LOCAL AUTHORITY TO COMPLAIN TO SHERIFF, ETC., OF NUISANCE ARISING FROM OFFENSIVE TRADE.
§ MR. CALDWELL
moved, in Sub-section (1), to leave out "upon a certificate," and to insert "or it is certified to them in writing." The whole scope of the Bill was that the local authority was to have fall responsibility to institute proceedings, and if it did not institute proceedings it would be called to account by the Local Government Board. This Amendment was simply carrying out what they had done throughout the Bill, which was to place the responsibility of taking proceedings upon the local authority, which could fortify itself either by a certificate of the medical officer or by a representation of the Parish Council, or a requisition by other people.
§ MR. RENSHAW
supported the Amendment. It seemed to him a matter of very great importance that the local authority should have full power to act in respect of these matters, and should have the power of taking the initiative in a case of this kind. He considered this matter of the greatest importance to the local authorities.
§ SIR C. CAMERON
hoped his hon. Friend would stand by his Amendment.
Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
§ Clause 39,—