§ MR. BUCHANAN (Aberdeenshire, E.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he has received Memorials from the Ythanside Farmers Club and other Agricultural Societies on the north east of Scotland with regard to the sale of foreign meat; and whether he will be able, by legislation or otherwise, to prevent the fraudulent practices that at present prevail and cause loss to agriculturists?
THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. H.GARDNER,) Essex, Saffron Walden
I have received the Memorials to which my hon. Friend refers, and have communicated copies of them to my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade, by whom the matter must necessarily be considered, and without whose concurrence it would not be possible for me to make any proposals on the subject. With regard to the second question of my hon. Friend, I cannot at present add anything to what my right hon. Friend and myself have recently said in reply to the previous questions which have been addressed to us; but I may perhaps say that what I then stated as to the sufficiency of the existing law to prevent malpractices has been corroborated by the important convictions which have recently taken place under the Merchandise Marks Acts.