Condemned Foodstuffs, Wellington (Hadley)

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 William Yates Mr William Yates , The Wrekin 12:00 am, 7th February 1966

asked the Minister of Health the total quantity and the total value of the foodstuffs which were condemned by his inspectors as a result of floodwater at the Parade, Hadley, Wellington, Shropshire.

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

None, Sir. Under the Food and Drugs Act, 1955, food inspection is the responsibility of local authorities and condemnation, if called for, is the function of a justice of the peace. I am informed that in this instance action to condemn was unnecessary. I am sending the hon. Member a list of goods voluntarily surrendered.

Photo of Mr William Yates Mr William Yates , The Wrekin

Is the Minister aware that his Department of State in supervising matters of health at local government level and above is very much lacking and that many people would appreciate his Department having far more powers in dealing with matters like this?

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

I should not like to enter into a discussion at this stage as to the correctness or otherwise of our powers. In the incident in question, however, as the hon. Member knows, the foodstuff was voluntarily surrendered by the traders and there does not appear to me to have been the slightest difficulty.