Nutrition.

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health. – in the House of Commons on 6th June 1935.

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Photo of Dr Christopher Addison Dr Christopher Addison , Swindon

asked the Minister of Health whether he will publish the findings of the memorandum on the nutrition of children, prepared by the Economic Advisory Council last year, and any other reports on kindred subjects submitted to his Department which have led to the appointment of the special committee to report on the nutrition of the people, which has recently been announced?

Sir H. YOUNG:

As regards the memorandum of the Economic Advisory Council, I can only refer to the reply given to the right hon. Member by the Prime Minister on the 14th February last. As regards the rest of the question, the right hon. Member appears to be under some misapprehension. The committee to which he refers is a standing advisory committee to assist myself and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland with advice on problems of nutrition. It takes the place of a smaller and purely technical advisory committee which was appointed in 1931 by the right hon. Member for Wakefield (Mr. Green wood) to perform the same service for the Ministry of Health alone.

Photo of Dr Christopher Addison Dr Christopher Addison , Swindon

Will the right hon. Gentleman communicate to the House the information which led him to make this enlargement of the committee and ask the committee to conduct these wider researches?

Sir H. YOUNG:

I am always prepared on appropriate occasions to communicate all such information to the House.

Photo of Mr Wilfred Paling Mr Wilfred Paling , Wentworth

Did not the Prime Minister in an answer some time ago indicate that the Government had not yet made up their mind on the memo randum, and, in view of the long lapse of time since the n, cannot we have some further information.

Sir H. YOUNG:

No, indeed. If the hon. Member will look at the reply, he will find it is not at all of that character.

Viscountess ASTOR:

Could not my right hon. Friend go to the Margaret Morris open air nursery school at Dept ford and watch what they do the re, be cause he would find, with out any inquiry, what is the proper nourishment for children? It is no good setting up an inquiry, because we have proved what it is.