Listeria

– in the House of Commons at 9:34 am on 30th June 1989.

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Photo of Alan Williams Alan Williams , Swansea West 9:34 am, 30th June 1989

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. You will have read the reports in the newspapers of 26 babies dying because of ministerial incompetence in failing to warn expectant mothers of the risk of listeria. We expected that there would be a statement at 11 o'clock, but nothing has yet appeared on the annunciator screen. Can you say whether Ministers have asked you whether they may intervene at this stage? If they have not, may I say, through you, that we would expect such a statement at 11 o'clock?

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

I have so far received no notification but notifications can be made at any time before 10 o'clock.