HC Deb 17 February 1916 vol 80 c248
39. Mr. BOLAND

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether his attention has been called to the number of cases in which traders in Glasgow have been prosecuted for selling margarine as Irish butter; whether he is aware that this practice is on the increase, and that the small fines imposed do not act as a deterrent; and can he say what steps will be taken to put an end to this system of injuring the repute in which Irish butter is held?


I have made inquiries and am informed that as a matter of fact during the past year, in the course of which special investigation was made, only a few prosecutions were found necessary against traders in Glasgow for selling margarine as Irish butter. I shall however be glad, if the hon. Member can furnish evidence that this practice is increasing, to consider the matter further in conjunction with the Irish Department of Agriculture.