Milk (Pasteurisation)

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health – in the House of Commons on 15th October 1942.

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Photo of Sir Percy Hurd Sir Percy Hurd , Devizes

asked the Minister of Health the percentage incidence of tuberculosis attributable to animal disease in London, where most of the milk is pasteurised, as compared with areas in which there is little or no pasteurisation?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I have not at hand information in the form asked for by my hon. Friend. I am making inquiries, and win communicate with him as soon as possible.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

Although the Minister has not the exact figures, would he make it clear to the House that, as his medical advisers have repeatedly stated, pasteurisation will reduce the incidence of tuberculosis?

Photo of Mr William Leach Mr William Leach , Bradford Central

Is the Minister aware that there are other opinions on that point? Does he like this cooked stuff?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I am quite aware that there are varying opinions.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes to give full publicity to the statement in the Report of the Ministry of Health to the effect that only pasturised milk, or milk boiled at home if pasteurised milk cannot be bought, should be drunk?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

The Report has already received a good deal of publicity, and I hope my hon. Friend's Question will draw further attention to it. The advice referred to has several times been given publicly from the Ministry, and I shall not neglect to repeat it on appropriate occasions.

Dr. Surmmerskill:

Is the Minister going to adopt positive methods similar to those which have been given publicity in regard to immunisation?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I have answered the Question.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

Will the Minister assure me that the failure to adopt those methods is not the result of his desire to protect those interests which are selling infected milk?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

My hon. Friend may have that assurance and may put the suspicion out of her mind. I am concerned solely with the health of the people.

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

Is it not quite legal to sell infected milk, but illegal to sell infected water?

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

Is it not a fact that T.T. milk can be sold without pasteurisation?