Food Offences (Penalties).

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

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Photo of Sir Jocelyn Lucas Sir Jocelyn Lucas , Portsmouth South

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the fact that in a recent prosecution by his Department the maximum fine for manufacturing and selling 100 per cent. sawdust as poultry food was only £20, he will now take powers to bring penalties for such offences into line with recent legislation for black-market offences and also arrange that all profits from such swindles shall be confiscated?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

I agree that the penalties under the Merchandise Marks Acts are inadequate in present circumstances, and my right hon. Friend has taken up with the Law Officers of the Crown the question of the increase of these penalties.