Butter (Blending).

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons at on 23 November 1931.

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Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that no disclosure has to be made to the public if British or Dominion butter is blended with Russian or other foreign butter; and whether, in the legislation which he has promised to introduce in the immediate future, the vendor of any British or Dominion butter which is blended with Russian or other foreign butter will be required to disclose this fact to the public as well as the country of origin of any unblended foreign supplies, so that consumers may know what kind of butter they are purchasing?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The two points raised in the second part would appear to be met in the draft Order-in-Council under the provisions of the Merchandise Marks Act, 1926, recently laid before Parliament and of which I am sending my hon. Friend a copy.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Do I understand that the Order-in-Council is operating? Is it not difficult for the public to respond to the appeal to Buy British When they do not know whether the butter is British or not?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

The Order is not yet operative. Under the Act it has to lie before Parliament for a certain time.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Can the right hon. Gentleman say when it will come into operation?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

Owing to the election intervening, I am afraid it cannot now come into operation until May.