Milk Pasteurisation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health. – in the House of Commons on 30th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Leach Mr William Leach , Bradford Central

asked the Minister of Health whether he has any evidence to prove that cases of tuberculosis notified in recent years were exclusively persons reared on unpasteurised milk; and whether any inquiry on this point is made when tuberculosis is notified?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

In reply to the first part of the Question, no evidence is available. In regard to the second part, I am advised that it would be unusual in medical practice not to make such inquiries in cases of tuberculosis among young children, but that the point becomes less relevant after childhood.

Photo of Mr William Leach Mr William Leach , Bradford Central

How does the right hon. Gentleman know there is so much tuberculosis as that if he has no evidence?

Photo of Mr William Leach Mr William Leach , Bradford Central

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the infant mortality from certain forms of tuberculosis is higher in Greater London and the county boroughs, where a great part of the milk consumed is pasteurised, than in rural districts where most of the milk consumed is unpasteurised; and is he satisfied that pasteurisation is doing the work claimed for it in the circulars issued by his Department?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

If as I assume from my hon. Friend's reference to pasteurisation the first part of the Question relates to non-pulmonary tuberculosis, the answer is, "No, Sir"; the increase in child mortality from non-pulmonary tuberculosis appears to be greater in country than in town. The information available therefore casts no doubt on the efficacy of pasteurisation.

Photo of Mr William Leach Mr William Leach , Bradford Central

How does the right hon. Gentleman like this cooked stuff?