HC Deb 15 March 1916 vol 80 c2091
84. Mr. BOLAND

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that provision merchants in Glasgow who have been convicted for the first time for selling margarine as butter, when caught at the practice a second time give a name other than their own in order to avoid the penalty for the second offence; and what steps he proposes to take to deal with this practice and the custom in Glasgow of the convicted margarine-for-butter merchants not to have their names attached to the front of their establishments, so as to be able to mislead the food inspectors when they are caught supplying margarine for butter?

The SECRETARY for SCOTLAND (Mr. McKinnon Wood)

I am aware that there have been attempts at evasion on the lines described. Every effort is being made to deal with such cases by renewed prosecution or otherwise.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this fraud will be stopped very quickly if the magistrates have enough courage to inflict the maximum fines?