§ Mr. WATT
asked the President of the Local Government Board, whether he was aware that uniformity of standard of meat inspection was enjoined and followed throughout the German Empire; and whether he proposed to adopt a similar course in this country, especially in view of the fact that cities and boroughs which adopted a high standard of inspection: were penalised by the trade being sent elsewhere?
The PRESIDENT of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. John Bums)
I am aware of the system adopted in Germany for securing uniformity of meat inspection. I do not think it would be practicable to enforce a similar system in this country at the present time; but, both by circulars which they have issued and by the inquiries made by their inspectors, the Local Government Board have pressed upon local authorities and their officers the importance of uniform and efficient meat inspection. I am happy to say that in the country generally there has been a distinct 1645 improvement during the last few years in the qualifications of meat inspectors and the practice of meat inspection.