Prosecutions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 3rd March 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he can give any information in connection with two men charged at Leicester police court on Saturday, 21st February, with illegally slaughtering 240 sheep and two beasts on a farm at East Norton; and what was done in the matter?

Major Lloyd George:

As the answer is somewhat long, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the statement:

Five persons were prosecuted at Leicester on 20th February at the instance of the Ministry of Food on various charges arising out of the illegal slaughter of a large number of sheep and lambs and a few cattle. They were also prosecuted simultaneously on a number of other charges in connection with these animals at the instance of the local authorities. They were convicted on a number of charges, and sentenced as below in respect of all offences of which they were convicted:

  1. 1. Albert Edward Cant—fined £100 with £120 costs and one month's imprisonment with hard labour.
  2. 2. Roland Cleaver—fined £150 and one month's imprisonment with hard labour.
  3. 3. George Daniel—fined £100 and one month's imprisonment with hard labour.
  4. 4. Clifford Buxton—fined £50 and one month's imprisonment with hard labour.
  5. 5. Frank Buxton—fined £50 and one month's imprisonment with hard labour.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he can give any information about Percy Dalton, charged on Saturday, 21st February, at the South-Western police court, for illegally selling two tons of sugar and half a ton of margarine to Harry Morris, a Putney greengrocer; and what was done in the matter?

Major Lloyd George:

Percy Dalton was prosecuted at the instance of the Ministry of Food at the South-Western police court on 20th February on the following charges: (1) Illegally supplying sugar by wholesale without a permit; (2) Selling sugar by wholesale in excess of the maximum price; (3) Selling margarine by wholesale without a licence. He was convicted, and fined a total of £600 and ordered to pay 45 guineas costs.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Is there any indication of where he got those goods?

Major Lloyd George:

I must have notice of that Question.

Photo of Reverend George Woods Reverend George Woods , Finsbury

Are inquiries made as to the source of such goods?

Major Lloyd George:

Certainly.