§ [SECOND READING.]
§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading Read.
§ LORD EMMOTT
My Lords, this is a consolidating and amending Bill dealing with milk supplies in Scotland. It has several objects. One is the appointment by the local authorities of a veterinary inspector; another is the inspection of dairies and the cattle contained in them; another is the registration of dairies, the provision of by-laws for various purposes, and the issue of regulations by the Local Government Board of Scotland for the prevention of danger to public health from the importation of milk, and for securing the supply of pure and wholesome milk. Although the subject is a very important one and has been contentious in the past, I am able to assure your Lordships on this occasion that the Bill mutatis mutandis is, for all practical purposes, similar to the measure recently passed through your Lordships' House applying to England. It left another place as an agreed Bill, and I understand that there is no opposition likely to be offered to the Bill in your Lordships' House. I may say that several of the Amendments recently put into the Bill were the result of a conference between the Local Government Board, the Board of Agriculture, and the representatives of the agricultural interest.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 2ª.—(Lord Emmott.)
§ On Question, Bill read 2ª.
§ Committee negatived: Then (Standing Order No. XXXIX having been suspended) Bill read 3ª, and passed.