HC Deb 06 May 1907 vol 173 c1310
MR. GULLAND (Dumfries Burghs)

To ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether he is aware that the town council of Edinburgh proposes to hold a market for sheep and possibly also for cattle in the public street of the Grass market, which is not concreted and in which there is much traffic; and whether the Board of Agriculture proposes to make an order prohibiting such a market, in view of their action at Haddington, where the Board has Objected to the market being held on a street that is not laid with cement, even though it is off the main thoroughfare.

(Answered by Sir Edward Strachey.) The Edinburgh Town Council propose †See (4) Debates, clxxii., 1159. as a purely temporary measure, pending the completion of their new market at Gorgie, to make special provision for the accommodation of stock in the Grass market, to be used only on occasions when the accommodation in the present market, part of which is required immediately for the new Art Schools, is insufficient. Steps will be taken to have the surface paved with cement in compliance with the Markets and Sales Orders of 1903 and 1904. In the circumstances, the Board see no reason to object the proposed arrangement. The case of Haddington Market is not a parallel one.