HC Deb 06 May 1913 vol 52 cc1843-4
41. Mr. PETO

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to a resolution passed by the Wiltshire Bee Keepers' Association expressing their disappointment at the delay that has taken place in passing legislation dealing with bee diseases, and urging that a Bill should be passed at an early date making it illegal for persons to keep bees that are suffering from disease; and whether he can promise that such a measure shall be passed during the present Session of Parliament?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Runciman)

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. I hope that nothing will occur to prevent the Bee Disease Bill from passing during this Session.


Has the right hon. Gentleman's attention been called to a conference of the leading bee-keepers of the country held in London in March last, which protested against the passing of this Bill; have they asked to be received by deputation, and will he receive a deputation before the Second Reading of the Bill?


Yes, I had a letter from these gentlemen, who entirely misconceived the objects and methods of the Bill. They have asked me to receive them, and I have arranged to do so.


Are we to understand that people who keep bees which are suffering from disease are to be put in prison?