§ 30. Lieut.-Colonel ACLAND-TROYTE
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the owners of fish hatcheries were consulted before the Diseases of Fish Bill was introduced; and, if so, whether they approved of the Bill?
§ The MINISTER of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Elliot)
Before the Bill was introduced the draft provisions were discussed in detail with a deputation of representatives of the owners of commercial fish farms which, at the invitation of the Department, was received at the Ministry. While the representatives expressed general approval of the Bill, they reserved their position as to the inclusion of provisions to safeguard them against financial loss resulting from its operation.
§ Mr. GODFREY NICHOLSON
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the strong feeling which exists against the Bill?
§ Mr. ELLIOT
Opinion for and against the Bill will no doubt be brought out on the floor of the House when the Bill is discussed.