Milk Labels

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons on 21st September 1943.

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Photo of Mr Gilbert Gledhill Mr Gilbert Gledhill , Halifax

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the reason for changing the labelling on tins of condensed skimmed milk and on packets of separated dried milk from "Unfit for babies," to "Not to be used for babies," as provided by the Public Health (Scotland) Order (S.R. & O. No. 1061, S. 33, of 1943)?

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Stirling and Falkirk District of Burghs

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Food had found that there was some difficulty in persuading people to use National Household Milk for the feeding of older children and adults on account of its being labelled "Unfit for babies" as required by the Public Health (Dried Milk) Regulations (Scotland), 1931. Apparently to some people the word "unfit" suggested quite wrongly that the product was of little food value or even contained something undesirable. It was necessary to make a corresponding alteration in the case of condensed skimmed milk.

Photo of Mr Adam M'Kinlay Mr Adam M'Kinlay , Dunbartonshire

On whose authority has the substitution been made? Has the Ministry of Food the right to alter the law of Scotland?

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Stirling and Falkirk District of Burghs

No, Sir, it was an alteration by the Secretary of State for Scotland because of what has happened, as I have already pointed out in reply to this Question.

Photo of Mr Adam M'Kinlay Mr Adam M'Kinlay , Dunbartonshire

Since when has the Secretary of State for Scotland had the power to alter the law of Scotland without coming to this House for permission?

Photo of Mr Adam M'Kinlay Mr Adam M'Kinlay , Dunbartonshire

Will the right hon. Gentleman deal with this matter?