HC Deb 17 June 1901 vol 95 c561
MR. O'SHAUGHNESSY (Limerick, W.)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether the case of the Stepney Borough Council versus Isaac Simons, grocer, 20, Samuel Street, St. George's-in-the-East, at the Thames Police Court, in which defendant was fined 20s. and costs for selling butter containing 40.6 per cent. of water, according to Somerset House analysis, was brought under his notice; whether, with the view of settling a legal standard of water allowable in butter, he will at once appoint a Committee to inquire into the question; and, if so, will he state whether the evidence of experts in the Irish butter trade will be received, and where will the inquiry be held.


My attention has been called to the case mentioned in the question. I hope to appoint the Committee almost immediately.


Has the right hon. Gentleman read the evidence?


Yes, and the case will be carefully considered.