HC Deb 04 December 1908 vol 197 c1763

To ask the Chief-Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that in tents and booths at races and fairs, for which the Justices in Ireland grant occasional licences, a compound, largely composed of sulphuric acid, known in the West of Ireland as fair whiskey, is largely sold and is very injurious to His Majesty's subjects; and will he take steps to secure that some of the vendors are prosecuted by the police under the Food and Drugs Act or other relevant statutes.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The Inspector-General of the Royal Irish Constabulary informs me that it is sometimes alleged that a compound such as is referred to is sold as whisky at fairs and races in Ireland, but, so far as he is aware, no proof of the correctness of such allegations has ever been forthcoming.