HC Deb 16 July 1929 vol 230 cc243-4W

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been drawn to the national mark shown on Marketing Leaflet No. 10a, issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; whether he is aware that this mark shows a map of England and Wales and the motto "Produce of England and Wales"; if a separate mark has been decided upon and designed for Scotland or whether the national mark shown on this leaflet is supposed to include Scotland; and, if so, whether he will either withdraw the present mark or issue one to distinguish the products of Scotland separately?


I have been asked to reply to this question. A separate national (or grade designation) mark has been designed and adopted for Scotland in terms of Section 2 of the Agricultural Produce (Grading and Marking) Act, 1928. It consists of a map of Scotland in silhouette, together with designs representing the Union Jack and the Cross of St. Andrew and with the words "Produce of Scotland" and "Empire Buying Begins at Home." So far the Scottish mark has been made available in respect of eggs, by regulations dated 17th January, 1929, and in respect of tomatoes, by regulations dated 17th April, 1929. Authority to use the grade designation marks may be granted by the Department of Agriculture for Scotland to persons who satisfy the Department that they will comply with such general conditions as the Department may from time to time require to be observed with regard to the use of the grade designation marks.