HL Deb 20 February 1866 vol 181 cc803-4

asked the noble Earl the President of the Council, Whether it is the intention of the Secretary of State for the Home Department to offer any suggestions to the local authorities for their guidance in framing rules under the Cattle Diseases Act? He feared that without some suggestions from a general authority uniformity could scarcely be expected. He understood that the local authorities would probably be called upon to frame these rules by Saturday, or not later than Monday.


also desired to inquire of his noble Friend (Earl Granville) whether the inspectors who had been already appointed would continue to hold office until the local authorities made new appointments, or whether the Act which had received the Royal Assent that day did not put an end to their appointment.


said, he was sorry his noble Friend (the Earl of Dalhousie) had not given him notice of his Question, for he was not prepared to give a positive answer to it offhand; but he did not apprehend that the Bill which was now an Act would stop the operation of the Orders in Council till the local authorities gave effect to the provisions of the new Act. With regard to the Question of the noble Earl opposite (the Earl of Ellenborough), it was to be remembered that Parliament had taken this matter to a certain extent out of the hands of the Government. Whatever was now done must be done in accordance with the provisions of the Act. At the same time, he was sure his right hon. Friend the Home Secretary would be glad to give any assistance in his power to the local authorities, and it had been already suggested that instructions should be issued by the Government as to the best modes of disinfection.

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