HC Deb 16 December 1929 vol 233 cc962-3

asked the Minister of Agriculture if his attention has been called to the large importation of foreign turkeys, many of which are described and sold as Norfolk turkeys; and whether he will, to insure their identification, make an order that all turkeys imported from abroad shall have one foot removed before their entry into this country?


I have received no specific complaints that imported turkeys are being mis-described in such a manner as would enable action to be taken under the Merchandise Marks Acts. In any case, fresh legislation would be required to give effect to the hon. Member's suggestion. I should add that I am hopeful of being able to introduce next year a scheme for the grading and marking of home-produced poultry which may largely serve the purpose which the hon. Member has in view.


Is the right hon. Gentleman prepared to carry out the wish of the Opposition by seeing that all potatoes that come from abroad have their eyes taken out?