HC Deb 18 June 1891 vol 354 cc776-7
SIR J. KENNAWAY (Devon, Honiton)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been called to recent prosecutions under the Margarine Act and the Sale of Food and Drugs Act, under which it has been proved that a great deal of the article imported and sold to retail traders as pure butter is mixed with from 30 to 80 per cent. of foreign fat or margarine; and whether he will give instructions to the officers of the Customs or Inland Revenue, under Section 8 of the Margarine Act, to take a few samples per week for analysis of French. Dutch, Danish, or Belgium butter for the purpose of ascertaining to what extent-offences under the Act are being committed?


So far as Inland Revenue officers are concerned, they do not come into contact with butter imported, and they are, therefore, not in a position to take the action desired.