HC Deb 12 June 1913 vol 53 cc1774-5
51 and 52. Mr. C. BATHURST

asked (1) if the Prime Minister is aware that the ravages of the Isle of Wight bee disease in Scotland, the South of England, and Wales have been more serious during the last twelve months than in any similar period; and whether and, if so, when the Government propose to proceed with the further stages of the Bee Disease Bill; and (2) whether it is proposed to proceed with the Milk and Dairies Bill and carry it through all its stages during the present Session; and, if so, whether, in view of the large number of its Clauses and its probably far-reaching effect upon various classes of the community, he will arrange for the Second Reading of the Bill to be taken at an early date?


I am informed that the losses due to the Bee disease during the last twelve months have been serious, but that it is not possible to make any trustworthy comparison with previous years. The Government would be glad to carry the Bee Disease and the Milk and Dairies Bills through this Session, but, unless they can proceed as substantially uncontentious measures, I am afraid there is little prospect of this in the time at our disposal.


Does the right hon. Gentleman mean to convey that both Bills are exactly on the same footing as to the prospect of going through this Session?


I do not know whether they are exactly on the same footing. They stand in the same category.