§ Mr. de ROTHSCHILD
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the inconvenience caused to purchasers of sheep who desire to remove them from one county to another, he intends to take any steps to establish uniformity with regard to dipping orders; and whether, in view of the prevalence of the disease of sheep scab, he will consider the establishment of a universal double-dipping order?2414W
§ Dr. ADDISON
Uniformity of local regulations in regard to sheep scab has already been obtained to a large extent by the Ministry by encouraging neighbouring counties to arrange themselves in a group and to pass identical regulations. The Midland Group, for example, contains 31 counties. The question of a general double-dipping order was thoroughly explored in consultation with agricultural bodies in 1926, and it was then agreed that such an order was not necessary, and that in any case its enforcement would not be practicable. The position has not changed since that date.