HC Deb 17 February 1898 vol 53 c883

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether a proposed bye-law of the Glasgow Local Authority, bearing upon the conditions under which live stock can be sold at the Yorkhill Wharf, Glasgow, was submitted for the approval of the Board of Agriculture on 18th October last; whether he is aware that at the Scottish Agricultural Conference on the 23rd October the Secretary of the Board declared that the principle embodied in that bye-law seemed an absolutely clear principle, and, so far as the Board could give effect to it, they ought to do so, and that the Secretary for Scotland had informed the Board that in his opinion it was expedient the bye-law should be approved; and whether the said bye-law has been considered by the Board of Agriculture; and, if so, what is the cause of the delay in making known its decision?


My reply to the inquiries contained in the first two paragraphs of the hon. Member's question is in the affirmative. With regard to the third, I would say that, in view of the importance of the matter, I felt it essential to obtain further advice on the legal questions involved. That advice has now been given, and I hope to be in a position to communicate with the Local Authorities on the subject in the course of the next few days.