Meat and Milk (Inspection)

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health – in the House of Commons on 22nd October 1942.

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Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

asked the Minister of Health whether from the public health point of view, he is satisfied with the present arrangements for the inspection of meat and milk?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Steps are being taken by the Government, as set out in the recent Memorandum on milk policy, to improve: the keeping quality of milk and to increase the amount of milk pasteurised. Meat inspection has incurred certain difficulties from the circumstances of war-time control and concentration of slaughtering in fewer places, but I have no reason to doubt the general adequacy of inspection. I am glad to take this opportunity of expressing again my appreciation of the work that local authorities and their officers continue to do in food inspection generally, despite the other claims upon them.

Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

Has the right hon. Gentleman had his attention drawn to the serious statements to the contrary made at a recent conference of the National Veterinary Medical Association, and what steps is he taking to refute those statements?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I have had my attention Drawn to them, and they are grossly exaggerated.