Food Hygiene Regulations (Shrimps)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th October 1956.

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Photo of Sir Ian Fraser Sir Ian Fraser , Morecambe and Lonsdale 12:00 am, 29th October 1956

asked the Minister of Health what further discussions have taken place with the shrimp fishing and potting industry; and what further amendments he will make in the Food Hygiene Regulations before 31st December, 1956.

Photo of Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith , Chislehurst

Proposals for amending this Regulation were sent at the beginning of September for comment to the fishermen's associations, the local authorities and other interested bodies and persons. The replies received are being considered. It is not possible yet to say what the details of the amendment will be.

Photo of Sir Ian Fraser Sir Ian Fraser , Morecambe and Lonsdale

They will be published well before the end of the year, will they not?

Photo of Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith , Chislehurst

I cannot give an estimate until we receive all the replies, but, so far, the replies received to date are fairly favourable to the recommendations.

Photo of Sir Ian Fraser Sir Ian Fraser , Morecambe and Lonsdale

Does the hon. Lady realise that if they are not dealt with before the end of the year, then the old penal regulations will come into force?

Photo of Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith , Chislehurst

I fully appreciate my hon. Friend's concern, but I am sure that he is as desirous as we are of consulting all the bodies interested in this piece of legislation. The delay at the moment is with some of those bodies.