Milk (Pasteurisation).

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health. – in the House of Commons on 18th June 1942.

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Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

asked the Minister of Health whether he is satisfied with the arrangement under which the National Milk Scheme guarantees a high standard of quality in milk which has passed through a depôt, but does not protect people served by a producer-retailer not in possession of a pasteurisation plant, or what further steps he proposes to take?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I welcome the increase in pasteurisation to which the arrangements in paragraph 6 (f) of the White Paper on Milk Policy should contribute. Its further extension must be limited by considerations of what is practicable.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that any producer-retailer can sell milk from a tuberculous cow to an unsuspecting mother, and does he not think the public should be afforded some protection?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

As I say, we do all we can, subject to the limitations of what is practicable. I have every sympathy with the hon. Lady's object.

Photo of Mr William Leach Mr William Leach , Bradford Central

Would it not be better, while being very strict about cleanliness, not to bother about the foolishness of pasteurisation?

Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

Will steps be taken to increase the amount of milk that is pasteurised?