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Bee Disease Bill

Volume 52: debated on Thursday 24 April 1913

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asked the President of the Board of Agriculture how he interprets the expression "expert adviser," as used in Clause 5 of the Bee Disease Bill; and whether such adviser must possess any recognised qualifications for judging whether bees on any premises visited by an inspector are affected by any pest or disease.

I interpret the expression "expert adviser" as meaning a person qualified by scientific or practical training to judge whether bees are affected by any particular pest or disease which he may be under instructions to investigate.

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether, in view of the fact that bees do not in their flight recognise inland geographical boundaries, and to avoid the projected legislation in reference to bee disease being impaired if not rendered ineffective by the issue of different and possibly mutually repugnant orders under the Bee Disease Bill from the English and Scottish Boards of Agriculture, respectively, he will, by agreement with the Secretary for Scotland and the Scottish Board, provide in the Bill that the English Board, as in the analogous case of the contagious diseases of farm quadrupeds, shall alone administer its provisions in the interests of bee-keepers in both countries?

I have every reason to expect that the two Boards will co-operate harmoniously, and I am unable to adopt the hon. Member's suggestion.