Tartaric Acid (Order)

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th June 1944.

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Photo of Mr Gilbert Gledhill Mr Gilbert Gledhill , Halifax 12:00 am, 7th June 1944

asked the Minister of Food why, in paragraph 6 of the Emergency Powers (Defence) Food (Tartaric Acid) Order (S.R. & O., No. 539, of 1944), it is provided that the production of a document purporting to be a certificate signed by the Government chemist shall be evidence unless the court or other party asks for the party concerned to be called as a witness; and whether he will amend the Order so that parties involved can accept the document in advance.

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

The provision to which my hon. Friend refers was approved by Parliament in the Fertilisers and Feeding Stuffs Act, 1926 (Section 22) and in the Food and Drugs Act, 1938 (Section 81). I should not be justified in amending the Order in the way my hon. Friend suggests as this would prevent a court, exercising criminal jurisdiction, from requiring the attendance of the person making the analysis in cases where, despite the agreement of prosecution and defence, the court might consider this to be necessary.