Merchandise Marks Bill.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 30th April 1923.

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Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the Chamber of Horticulture, which he consulted with reference to the Merchandise Marks Bill now before the House, consists chiefly of growers and manufacturers of manures; and if he will explain why he did not consult the National Federation of Fruit and Potato Trades Associations, consisting of 38 affiliated associations and approximately 3,000 members who are affected by the Bill, before promising Government support to the Measure?

Photo of Mr Harry Becker Mr Harry Becker , Richmond (Surrey)

Before the right hon. Gentleman replies, may I ask the hon. and gallant Member for Central Hull (Lieut.-Commander Kenworthy) what kind of manures are grown?

Photo of Mr Robert Sanders Mr Robert Sanders , Bridgwater

No, Sir. I cannot agree that the position is as described by the hon. and gallant Member. With regard to the second part of the question, I may remind the hon. and gallant Member that the Bill is promoted by a private Member. I cannot agree that the Government is bound to consult trade organisations before deciding whether or not it should support such a Bill.