§ MR. J. H. PARNELL (Meath, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, if he could state to the House how many prosecutions have been instituted in Ireland during the past five years against persons for selling by retail spirituous liquors adulterated with poisonous ingredients dangerous to the public health; and were there any, and, if so, how many convictions?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
There have been a large number of prosecutions for offences of all kinds against Adulteration of Food Acts in Ireland during the past five years, but the returns do not show how many of these were in respect of the sale of adulterated liquor. It will take some little time to collect the information desired by the hon. Member, inasmuch as local inquiries throughout the country are necessary, but I hope to be able to give it to him in about ten or twelve days hence if he will then repeat the Question.