§ MR. C. T. GILES (Cambridge, Wisbech)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he is aware that imported barley meal used as food for cattle often contains a large quantity of maize meal, a much cheaper article; and whether he has considered if anything can be done to prevent the purchaser being thus prejudiced?
No complaint has hitherto reached me as to the adulteration of barley meal in the manner indicated, but I should presume that a purchaser would have no difficulty in obtaining redress by means of civil proceedings for any loss which he might sustain. Without more precise information before me, I am afraid that I am unable to assist my hon. Friend, but I should be glad to receive and to consider any statement of the facts with which he may be able to supply me.