§ MR. J. G. WEIR (Ross and Cromarty)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he receives, in virtue of the provisions of Section 3 of The Markets and Fairs (Weighing of Cattle) Act 1891, from the five scheduled cities in Scotland satisfactory weekly Returns of the prices of live stock sold therein; and, if so, whether he is prepared in terms of Subsection (2) of Section 3 of the said Act, for the information of the large number of farmers in Scotland who have erected cattle-weighing machines at their farms, 368 and who are selling their fat cattle to butchers direct instead of sending them as formerly to the auction marts, to publish these Returns, or abstracts thereof, weekly instead of quarterly as at present, in the same way as is done by the Board of Agriculture in regard to the average price of British grain?
§ *THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. WALTER LONG,) Liverpool, West Derby
Yes, Sir; I do receive fairly satisfactory returns, but there is still room for improvement. I cannot, however, adopt the suggestion in the last part of the Question.