§ Mr. GUINEY
asked the Chief Secretary if he will state the total cost of administering the Dairies and Cowsheds Orders in Ireland; in how many rural district councils is the Order in force, and the number and value of cattle slaughtered under the provisions of the Order, specifying the number suffering from tuberculosis of the udder; and in how many cases have the owners of these animals been compensated?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The exact cost of administration could only be obtained by circularising the various local authorities, but the approximate charge for salaries paid by them in connection with the Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milk-shops (Ireland) Order, 1908, is from £10,000 to1762W £12,000 a year. The Order applies, without the preliminary of adoption, to every rural as well as urban district in Ireland. The Order embodies no provision authorising the slaughter of cattle.