HC Deb 17 July 1913 vol 55 c1436

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture if he is aware that unless the Bee Disease Bill is passed into law this Session, or other measures are taken prior to next winter to prevent the spread of the disease, there will next year be defective fertilisation of fruit trees over wide areas of country, especially in Scotland and the South of England; and whether, failing the passage into law of the above Bill, he can and will by administrative Order take steps to check the ravages of this disease?


I have no means of foreseeing what will be the effect of the opposition to the Bee Disease Bill upon the fertilisation of fruit trees next year. I am advised that the Board have no power, failing the passage of the Bill into law, to take action of the kind suggested by the hon. Gentleman.