HL Deb 15 July 1831 vol 4 c1305
Lord Teynham

took that opportunity to move, that the second reading of the Overseers of the Poor Bill, be postponed to the 4th of August next. In making the motion, he wished to call the attention of his Majesty's Government to the necessity of adopting some measures to prevent the substitution of deleterious drugs instead of hops in the manufacture of beer. It appeared from a paper which had been laid before Parliament, that ten general brewers, and several retail brewers and druggists, had been last year convicted by the Excise Commissioners of such a practice. The prevalence of it was most detrimental, not only to the interests of the two counties in which hops were principally grown, but to the morals and health of the people generally; and he was sure, that it was not necessary to say more, to induce his Majesty's. Ministers to take steps to put an end to it. It would be seen, from a return which had been made to Parliament, that there was as much cocculus indicus and quassia imported into this country as would be sufficient to poison ten nations.—Motion agreed to.