Milk Supply, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing. – in the House of Commons on 17th May 1922.

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Mr. DOYLE:

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asked the Minister of Health if the medical officer, sent from the Department of the Ministry of Health to Newcastle to investigate the serious cases of milk pollution in that city, has concluded his investigations and sent in his report; and, if so, what are the particulars of such report?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

Yes, Sir; I have received the report of my officer, and am satisfied that the results stated by the medical officer of health of Newcastle-on-Tyne are correct.

Mr. DOYLE:

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the representative who was sent down from the Department was a qualified analyst?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

The representative who went down was a qualified man. It is not a question of analysis, but a question of bacteriology.

Mr. DOYLE:

Is there a qualified analyst in the Department for the purpose of making investigations on samples of milk?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

It is not a question of analysis. I sent down a duly qualified medical man, who examined into the bacteriological measures taken. I have read his report very carefully myself, and he confirms the methods adopted by the medical officer of health as having been satisfactory.

Mr. DOYLE:

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that since this question was first raised a fortnight ago additional samples have been taken, and that 10 per cent. additional pollution has been found in the samples taken during that period?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

I am not aware of that.