Drink-Coolers

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1966.

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Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Sutton Coldfield 12:00 am, 7th February 1966

asked the Minister of Health if he will take steps to control the import of drink-coolers filled, with water from abroad, such as pink elephants, so as to reduce the chances of contamination.

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

My right hon. Friend has no powers to do so, but I understand that the Hong Kong Government have asked manufacturers and exporters temporarily to suspend production and export. My right hon. Friend is considering with my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary whether any further action is required.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Sutton Coldfield

Is it not a fact that the United States have banned the importation of these pink elephants, and would it not be safer to do the same?

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

I do not know whether we in this House have any jurisdiction over the acts of the United States of America. We are concerned with the position in this country, and my right hon. Friends are considering what action can be taken.

Photo of Mr William Wilkins Mr William Wilkins , Bristol South

Forgetting the fundamental reasons for seeing pink elephants, may I ask my hon. Friend whether a special acknowledgment or letter of thanks has been sent to the Medical Officer of Health for the city of Bristol who first brought this danger to the notice of his Department and the country?

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

Frankly, I do not know whether a letter of thanks has been sent to the Medical Officer of Health for Bristol, but I take this opportunity of paying tribute to him now.

Photo of Hon. Richard Wood Hon. Richard Wood , Bridlington

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether, in the interests of safety, he would support the quickest possible turning of these pink elephants into white elephants?

Photo of Mr Archibald Manuel Mr Archibald Manuel , Central Ayrshire

Would my hon. Friend treat this question seriously? Does he realise that far too many pink elephants are seen in this country already?