Milk.

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health. – in the House of Commons on 14th April 1938.

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Photo of Wing Commander Archibald James Wing Commander Archibald James , Wellingborough

asked the Minister of Health whether, having regard to the divergence of opinions upon matters of fact that are expressed by various authorities upon bovine tuberculosis, pasteurisation and other matters affecting the supply and consumption of milk, he will appoint a committee to investigate and to report upon these problems?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I am advised that the facts with regard to bovine tuberculosis and pasteurisation in relation to the milk supply are sufficiently well established by inquiries such as that of the Committee of the Economic Advisory Council on Cattle Diseases, of which I am sending my hon. and gallant Friend a copy.

Photo of Wing Commander Archibald James Wing Commander Archibald James , Wellingborough

Is my right hon. Friend aware that sufficient research has not in fact been done to enable authorities, notably the Ministry of Agriculture, to issue regulations that are not hotly contested by eminent medical and veterinary authorities; and if I bring such information to his notice will he give this matter further consideration, inquiry and action?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I rather gather that my hon. and gallant Friend ought to communicate with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture.

Photo of Major Frank Heilgers Major Frank Heilgers , Bury St Edmunds

Is the Minister going to do anything to discourage biased propaganda on the question of pasteurisation by the medical authorities?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

That is a different matter.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson , Hitchin

Is the Minister aware that there has been no publication of any of the evidence submitted to the Cattle Disease Committee, which did not apply its mind to the question of human tuberculosis but to cattle diseases, and that there has been no evidence before us except this——

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

The hon. Member is giving information.