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Orders of the Day — MILK AND DAIRIES (AMENDMENT) BILL [Lords.]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 19th July 1922.

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Photo of Mr James Kiley Mr James Kiley , Stepney Whitechapel and St George's

I should like to ask a question with regard to Clause 4. Clause 4 says: No person shall add any colouring matter or water or any dried or condensed milk… and then it goes on to say that No person shall cither by himself or by any servant or agent sell or offer or expose for sale any milk to which any such addition has been made. The next Clause, however, says that no individual shall "knowingly" do any of the things there referred to. I want to know why the word "knowingly" is omitted from the second part of Clause 4. The first part of the Clause is quite clear, but it goes on to make it an offence to sell something, and in my judgment it is essential that the word "knowingly" should be inserted. Otherwise an innocent person might be subject to a prosecution that was vindictive or the result of over-zeal on the part of an inspector.