§ Dr. CHAPPLE
asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he is aware that some counties in Scotland have unduly prolonged the prohibition against the importation of cattle, and that this has resulted in increased expense to the butchers and the public; and whether he can now see his way to take any action, in the matter?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
The local authorities I in twelve counties and eight burghs in Scotland still have Regulations in force affecting the movement of Irish animals into their respective districts. I have no doubt that the effect of these Regulations is as stated by my hon. Friend, but, for reasons which I have already explained fully to the House, I am not prepared to override the action taken by the local authorities in the exercise of their discretion.