Fertilisers and Feeding-Stuffs (Testing).

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 26th March 1942.

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Photo of Sir Adrian Baillie Sir Adrian Baillie , Tonbridge

asked the Minister of Agriculture what arrangements are made by his Department for the testing and analysing of samples of fertilisers and feeding-stuffs, including poultry mixtures, on sale to farmers and poultry keepers?

Mr. Hudson:

As the Reply is rather long, I will, with my hon. and gallant Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the Reply:

Under the Fertiliser and Feeding-Stuffs Act, 1926, any person who sells any of the fertilisers or feeding-stuffs scheduled in the Act must give the purchaser a statutory statement containing certain specified particulars as to the nature, substance and quality of the article. If the fertiliser or feeding-stuff is not scheduled in the Act, but is sold with a warranty, the buyer has a right to have a sample officially analysed.

There is no statutory provision for the analysing of materials sold without a warranty as manures or fertilisers which are not covered by the Act, but farmers should be sufficiently experienced not to buy an article, the fertilising value of which is out of proportion to its price. In the case of most feeding-stuffs it is also possible for action to protect the purchaser, to be taken under Ministry of Food Orders, and in addition my noble Friend the Minister of Food has made an Order, which came into force on 23rd March, giving sampling officers the power to take samples of any feeding-stuffs.