HC Deb 09 January 1913 vol 46 cc1392-3W

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether, under the proposed Tuberculosis Order of the Board, the proportion of the compensation fund to be raised by the local authorities will come out of the general County Rate or will be raised by a rate charged upon the area of the sanitary authority only?


The compensation to which the hon. Member refers will be payable under the Diseases of Animals Acts. Section 40 of the Act of 1894 provides that the expenses of a local authority under the Act shall be defrayed out of the county rate in a county, and out of the borough rate in a borough.


also asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the fact that the slaughter under the proposed Tuberculosis Order of the Board of Agriculture of bovine animals deemed to be tuberculous will be carried out in the interests of the general public, and especially of milk consumers in the towns, and the reluctance of local authorities to put into effective operation Acts of Parliament, and administrative Orders which increase the already heavy burden of local taxation, he will authorise the payment of the whole or, failing the whole, three-quarters of the compensation moneys required for the purpose out of the Exchequer instead of imposing a moiety of such charge upon the ratepayers in the area of production?


I cannot see my way to ask Parliament to provide from the Exchequer more than the proportion of one-half already announced.