HC Deb 10 December 1928 vol 223 cc1687-8
31. Colonel HOWARD-BURY

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been drawn to the experiments in producing an all-English ale, made with only British ingredients; and whether, in view of the advantage accruing to farmers from the popularising of an all-English ale, the Empire Marketing Board will be requested to give all publicity and encouragement to this new venture?


I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Devizes (Mr. Hurd) on 19th November. I am considering whether any action can usefully be taken in the direction indicated.


Cannot the right hon. Gentleman take any steps to discourage the repeated incitements, both public and private, to the Empire Marketing Board to allow their organisation to be used for boosting the alcoholic traffic?


Does not the right hon. Gentleman consider that England's ailing condition is due to this particular trouble?

Colonel APPLIN

Will the right hon. Gentleman supply some free samples to this House, so that we may judge for ourselves?