Mr Stephen Howard: Does not the right hon. Gentleman consider it advisable to have the law strengthened so as to have more severe penalties for criminals who are caught with arms'?
Mr Stephen Howard: As the right hon. Gentleman admits that there is serious disease among horses in Scotland, will he consider the advisability of closing the border between the two countries to prevent the spread of the disease southwards and save the farmers of England from being overrun with this disease, as they were by the cattle disease from Ireland?
Mr Stephen Howard: Is it a fact that the right hon. Gentleman's Department demand a deposit from a good many local authorities to whom his Department owe large sums of money; does lie not think that that is somewhat unfair; and will he not look into it?
Mr Stephen Howard: I can confirm the inconvenience and the great loss which Summer Time has caused to the farmer, but at the same time I recognise that there is a feeling in certain parts of the community that Summer Time is desirable. Therefore I am pleased that the Home Secretary has agreed to meet us, and I think that agriculturists would be wise at this stage to try to meet the Home Secretary, and come to...
Mr Stephen Howard: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the railway companies are charging more for the carriage of home-grown timber than for sea-borne timber?
Mr Stephen Howard: Will the hon. Gentleman tell the House what are these remedies?
Mr Stephen Howard: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many of these friendly societies carry out work not of an industrial character, but simply giving relief to members when sick, and will he prevent that good work being done by taxation?
Mr Stephen Howard: 84. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether any connection has been proved between the falling off of the number of fresh outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in Great Britain and the prohibition of store cattle from Ireland?
Mr Stephen Howard: 85. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can give any particulars relating to the 22 Irish cattle which arrived at Ipswich from Holyhead on 30th January, and were sold in the cattle market on the 31st, 12 of them going into East Suffolk and 10 into Cambridgeshire, both lots being declared on 1st February to be suffering with foot-and-mouth disease and both being subsequently...
Mr Stephen Howard: Is it a fact that they were declared to be infected on 1st February?
Mr Stephen Howard: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the police report is that on 1st February they were found to be suffering from disease?
Mr Stephen Howard: Does the right hon. Gentleman know that the police report is that they suffered from disease on 1st February?
Mr Stephen Howard: Can the hon. Gentleman say what these officers are doing?
Mr Stephen Howard: 100. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, on account of the complete breakdown of the Department of his Ministry dealing with animal diseases, he is prepared, both in the interests of economy and efficiency, to abolish this Department and hand the work back to the county executive committees who, with their local inspectors, did the work so well before the Ministry took it into their...
Mr Stephen Howard: I have no wish to follow my Scottish friend so far back as Solomon or Adam, as I have neither the wisdom of one nor the age of the other, but, as a farmer and representative of an agricultural division, I should be lacking in my duty to the House and to my division if I did not say what I thought about the present position of agriculture. We were very much disappointed, in reading the...
Mr Stephen Howard: Is it true that the first outbreak in Suffolk was from Irish cattle, and from where did those Irish cattle come?
Mr Stephen Howard: 54. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can give the names and addresses of the members of the Central Wages Board and of the District Wages Boards who are engaged as agricultural labourers or have been engaged continuously as such for more than a year; and will he state how and by whom members are appointed to these boards?
Mr Stephen Howard: Can the right hon Gentleman say how many men there are on the Wages Board who are, or ever have been, agricultural labourers?
Mr Stephen Howard: What is the average size of the holdings?
Mr Stephen Howard: I do not intend to go into all the ills from which agriculture suffers or all the shortcomings of the Minister or of his Department. I intend as far as possible to confine myself to the Estimates. When I opened the Estimates and found that there was a reduction of from £3,500,000 to £2,750,000, I thought at last we had a Minister who is; studying economy in the proper manner, but on going...