§ MR. CHANNING (Northamptonshire, E.)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to the evidence given by Mr. Williamson, representative of Messrs. Bostock, that 1463 no less than 700 tons of glucose and invert sugar supposed to be contaminated with arsenic are now in the possession of the liquidators of the company; and whether, in the interest of traders, he can and will take steps to prevent any disposal of this contaminated material to the risk of the public health.
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. WALTER LONG, Bristol, S.)
I am aware of the evidence given by Mr. Williamson on this subject before the Royal Commission. I understand, however, that he has assured the Commission that none of the material referred to will be disposed of without notice to them. I also understand that the Commission have suggested that before the material is disposed of in any way it should be so dealt with by the addition of colouring matter or otherwise as to render its employment for purposes of food impracticable, and that the liquidators have undertaken to consider this suggestion. The hon. Member may rest assured that the matter will not be lost sight of.