HC Deb 03 December 1937 vol 329 cc2415-6W
Major Procter

asked the Minister of Agriculture, whether, in all the proceedings taken by the Milk Marketing Board against milk producer-retailers evidence is taken on oath; and whether the Board adopts the principles of evidence as laid down by courts of justice in this country?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

In all proceedings in the Courts by the Milk Marketing Board against producers, evidence is, of course, given on oath and the rules of the Courts as to evidence and procedure apply. The Milk Marketing Board, when it meets to consider alleged infringements of the Scheme by registered producers, is not a Court of Law, and it has no power to administer an oath, and is not bound by the strict rules of evidence applicable to proceedings in the Courts. I am informed that it would not be practicable for the Board to apply them. I may, however, point out that, if the Milk Marketing Board were to exceed its jurisdiction, it would be subject to the controlling jurisdiction of the High Court, and, further, any registered producer who is aggrieved by any act or omission of the Board has a right to go to arbitration in accordance with the Arbitration Acts.

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