HC Deb 13 July 1875 vol 225 cc1378-9

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether his attention has been called to a report in "The Times" of July 3, from which it appeared that Mr. Balguy, the presiding magistrate at Greenwich Police Court, had publicly announced that after consultation with his brother magistrates, he had resolved not to impose fines in cases of the adulteration of milk with water when such adulteration was not over ten per cent; and, whether the Adulteration Acts now in force warrant magistrates in allowing the adulteration of milk with water if not practised to a greater extent than ten per cent. to pass unpunished?


I believe, Sir, that Mr. Balguy did make such a statement after consulting with his brother magistrates, but I cannot say how many magistrates he consulted with; but I do not think his view of the law will be acquiesced in by my right hon. Friend the President of the Local Government Board, either with regard to the Acts now in force or the Bill now passing through the House.