HC Deb 21 February 1901 vol 89 cc702-3
MR. O'MARA (Kilkenny, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether it has been brought to his notice that the Danish Government have permanently two Commissioners in Great Britain superintending the distribution of Danish dairy products and safeguarding the interests of Danish agriculturists; and whether it is intended to appoint such a Commissioner (under the Agricultural and Technical Act, 1900) to protect the interests of Irish farmers in the English markets.


The Department of Agriculture is aware that the Danish Government have an officer or officers in Great Britain for the purpose stated. It is understood that the duties of these officers largely consists in watching the administration of the Sale of Food and Drugs Acts, and furnishing to their Government information concerning British markets which is of value to Danish agriculturists. The Department have already taken steps to promote both these objects in the interests of Irish agricultural produce, and, should experience prove it to be necessary to keep a special officer resident in England for the purpose, they will be prepared to take that measure also.