HC Deb 14 February 1895 vol 30 cc753-4

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland, if his Administration will take special precautions to insure that when Irish Unions buy Scotch potatoes this spring in Scotland, they will get Scotch seed grown in Scotland?


An answer on this subject was given to the hon. and gallant Member in January 1891, by the Lord Advocate of the late Government. I can only endorse his statement—that there were no special precautions which can effectively be taken to meet the case. But I can assure the hon. Member that, upon sufficient evi- dence being produced, the Criminal Authorities in Scotland will do all in their power to stop so fraudulent a practice; and I trust that the Local Authorities in Ireland will communicate any information they may have in any particular case, and I will promise that it shall be promptly attended to. The Crown Office have been asked to state whether there were any cases in 1891 of the nature referred to brought under their notice.