HC Deb 11 December 1900 vol 88 cc504-5
MR. JEFFREYS (Hampshire, N.)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he is aware that French milk is imported to London viâ Southampton and sold as English milk; whether any inspection is made of the milk to test its purity and quality; and whether he can take measures to stop this importation.


It is the case that a certain quantity of French milk is being imported into this country. Whether any offence against either the Merchandise Marks Acts or the Sale of Food and Drugs Acts has been committed I am not as yet able to the trade has recently assumed a new form. We are making inquiries into the representations we have received on the subject in cooperation with the Board of Customs. Although there is no power to prohibit importation, my hon. friend may be sure that as regards imported milk found to be adulterated, or sold under a false descriptor I am doing everything in my power to secure a strict compliance with the requirements of the law.