Margarine and Butter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 2nd December 1919.

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Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

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asked the Prime Minister whether he has received a communication from the Monmouth County Council enclosing a report upon the relative values of margarine and butter; and whether he will consider altering the law so as to compel the makers of margarine to ensure that it shall contain the vitamines similar to those in natural butter, and to which much of its food value is due?

Photo of Dr Christopher Addison Dr Christopher Addison , Shoreditch

I have been asked to reply to this question. I have seen a copy of a resolution of the Monmouthshire County Council on this subject, and I should be glad to receive a copy of the report therein mentioned. The presence or absence of what are known as vitamines in various articles of food is at the present time the subject of active research. I am afraid, however, that the knowledge at present available is not at present sufficient to make the hon. Member's suggestion a practicable one.