HC Deb 30 March 1908 vol 187 cc95-6
MR. BARRIE (Londonderry, N.)

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that the Margarine Act is so inefficiently administered in Glasgow that unlabelled margarine is exhibited with impunity in numbers of shop windows throughout the city, ticketed in such a way as to lead the public to believe that it is Irish butter, and is also sold by these shopkeepers as butter and in parchment not bearing the word margarine; and whether he will take steps to put a stop to these practices.


There is no doubt that margarine is sometimes sold as butter in Glasgow as in other large towns, but the local authority, with whom the enforcement of the law rests, informs us that everything that can be done to detect offences and to initiate proceedings against offenders in that city is being done, four inspectors being specially employed for the purpose. Our inspectors will be instructed to confer further with the officers of the local authority on the subject, and in the meantime the Board would be glad if the hon. Member would supply them with any information of which he may be in possession.