HC Deb 20 February 1907 vol 169 cc843-4

I beg to ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether, having regard to circulars issued by the Board concerning milk which falls below the legal standard owing to the conduct of the cow and not owing to the corrupt act of the cow owner or the milk distributor, he proposes to introduce legislation to safeguard milk vendors from prosecution in cases where it is proved that milk has been sold in the condition it left the cow.

SIR EDWARD STRACHEY (Somersetshire, S.)

The suggestion made by my hon. friend will receive careful consideration in the event of any further legislation as to the sale of milk being proposed. In the meantime we shall be happy to make inquiries in any case in which it appears that proceedings have been instituted with regard to the alleged adulteration of milk, either under a misapprehension of the law or without due consideration of the facts of the particular case.