Toilet Soap

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Francis Noel-Baker Mr Francis Noel-Baker , Swindon 12:00 am, 6th July 1959

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that there have been widespread complaints that a toilet soap, the name of which has been supplied to him by the hon. Member for Swindon, has caused dermatitis; and what action he will take to protect the public from such dangers to health.

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

No, Sir, and I see no grounds for any action on my part.

Photo of Mr Francis Noel-Baker Mr Francis Noel-Baker , Swindon

Will the Minister examine some of the many complaints that I have received about this product? Secondly, in view of the fact that the manufacturers of this "Fabulous Pink Camay soap" have declined to submit their product to an impartial investigation either by the Consumers' Association or the Consumers' Advisory Council of the British Standards Institution, can the Minister state what protection can be given to the general public?

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

I shall be very happy to examine anything in regard to this or any other matter which the hon. Member wishes to send me, but I have received no complaints about this product. It may be, in respect of this as of other individual products, that some people have an allergy to it, in which case they had better not buy it. That is no reason for stopping its sale to people whom it suits.