HC Deb 20 June 1906 vol 159 cc173-4
MR. TREVELYAN (Yorkshire, W.R., Elland)

I beg to ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether, in view of the limited character of the outbreaks of sheep scab of recent years in Northumberland, he will consider the sufficiency for the purpose of stamping out the disease of enforcing drastic fines and penalties on farms where the disease is discovered, instead of continuing in force the Sheep Dipping (North of England) Order of 1906, which is applicable to all farms, whether affected or not, and is a source of widespread irritation.

SIR EDWARD STRACHEY (Somersetshire, S.)

The suggestion made by my hon. friend was considered by the Departmental Committeee on Sheep Scab and also by the Board, but legislation would be necessary in order to carry it into effect, and I am afraid that the proposal is not one which would commend itself to Parliament.