§ MR. H. PLUNKETT (Dublin Co., S.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he will consider the advisability of appointing a Departmental Committee to inquire into the working of "The Margarine Act, 1887," and "The Sale of Food and Drugs Act, 1875," as it affects the manufacture and sale of butter; and whether, in view of the recent prosecution at Manchester, the terms of Reference to such Committee should include the question of excessive water in butter?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. H. GARDNER,) Essex, Saffron Walden
The case to which the hon. Member refers has engaged my attention, and I have addressed a communication respecting it to the Local Government Board, within whose province the consideration of questions arising under the Sale of Food and Drugs Acts mainly rests. If it be the general desire of British producers that such an inquiry as that suggested by the hon. Member should be instituted, I would certainly bring that desire to the notice of the Board of Trade and the Local Government Board, who may be regarded as the representatives of the interests of distributors and consumers; but I could not properly appoint a Committee without the concurrence of those two Departments.