HC Deb 19 March 1931 vol 249 c2154W

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will issue a list of products and commodities for which a National Mark is now provided; and what others are under consideration?


Full particulars of the products for which a grade designation mark is now provided under the Agricultural Produce (Grading and Marking) Act, 1928, are contained in the Ministry's National Mark Booklet, of which I am sending a copy to my hon. Friend. These products are at present homegrown apples, pears, tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, cherries, Cornish broccoli (for export), canned fruits, peas and beans, hen and cluck eggs, dressed poultry, all-English wheat flour, malt flour and malt extract; also home-killed beef. A National Mark scheme for cider has recently been introduced and cider under the National Mark will be on sale for the first time this summer. Consideration is being given to the early extension in various directions of the National Mark scheme for canned fruits and vegetables and to the preparation of schemes for the application of the National Mark to fresh plums, bottled fruits and vegetables, mutton, lamb, cheese and honey. Eventually, it is hoped to extend the standardisation policy of the Mark to the whole range of home agricultural products of commercial significance.