To insert before Section 11 a new section as follows:—
(1) The Minister may, if and whenever he is satisfied that such order is necessary or expedient in the interests of the butter industry in Saorstát Eireann, by order (in this section referred to as an examination order) require that all or any particular class of butter proposed to be exported, or all or any butter proposed to be exported from any particular premises or class of premises, or any particular consignment of butter consigned for export, should before the same is exported be submitted for examination by the prescribed officers with a view to determining whether such butter is suitable for export, and the Minister may by such order prohibit, either absolutely or on failure to comply with conditions the export of any butter which on such examination is found to be unsuitable for exportation.
(2) The Minister may by any examination order or by any subsequent order make regulations in respect of all or any of the matters following, that is to say,
(a) the method of submitting butter to which an examination order applies for examination, including the submission in suitable cases of representative parts only of the butter,
(b) the officers by whom the examination is to be made,
(c) the method of making the examinations and the places in which the same is to be made,
(d) the conditions with which the butter must comply in order to be suitable for export,
(e) the conditions under which butter found unsuitable or unrestricted export may be exported.
(3) An examination order shall remain in force for such period as shall be stated in the order and for such further periods as may be prescribed in any subsequent order, and where no such period is stated in the order the order shall remain in force until revoked by the Minister
(4) Any person who shall export or attempt to export any butter in contravention of an examination order or of any regulation made under this section shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall on summary conviction thereof be liable, in the case of a first offence, to a fine not exceeding twenty pounds, and in the case of a second or any subsequent offence, to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds or at a discretion of the court, to imprisonment for any term not exceeding six months or to both such fines and such imprisonment.
The object of this amendment is to give the Minister power, whenever he wishes to examine a consignment of butter, either on the way to the creamery, at the port, or any other place he desires, in order to see that it is fit to be exported, and to make sure that there is nothing wrong with it. I dare say all of you, like myself, have had a good deal of literature from people connected with creameries—managers of creameries and so on in reference to the desirability of examining consignments of butter before they come to the port; and it appears to me that there is a good deal of suggestion that a consignment of butter should be liable to be examined at any stage of transit—either at the creamery or on route to the port, or at the port, because I think it will be agreed that every conceivable check should be employed to see that the butter is kept up to the standard of the trade mark. The object of this amendment is to give the Minister power to see that all butter that is being exported is up to the standard of the national trade mark. I do not think there is anything more I wish to say.