Cancer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 10th July 1922.

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Photo of Sir Percy Hurd Sir Percy Hurd , Frome

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asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that many medical authorities have come to the conclusion that the alarming increase of cancer and similar diseases may in part at least he due to the increased consumption of tinned foods chemically prepared and largely of foreign origin; and whether he will submit the subject for investigation to a committee of independent experts who have no association with Departments of State and can view the problem wish-out preconceived ideas?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative, but I should be glad to consider any statements by medical authorities which my hon. Friend can send me in support of the conclusion he mentions, both as to an alarming increase of cancer, and as to its association with the cause alleged. I am always prepared to consult experts other than those associated with my Department, but as at present advised, I do not think that there is need for the appointment of a special committee to investigate this subject.