§ Mr. Chater
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the hardship created for reputable milk distributors by the constant thefts of milk bottles by certain of their competitors; and whether he is prepared to make an Order, under the Emergency Powers Act, imposing drastic penalties for such offences, including imprisonment in the case of constant offenders, having regard to the fact that the present method of dealing with this evil under the Merchandise Marks Acts has utterly failed to check it?
Major Lloyd George
The Merchandise Marks Acts do not deal with offences of this nature, and I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department on 21st January.