HC Deb 15 July 1902 vol 111 cc239-40
MR. LAMBERT (Devonshire, South Molton)

To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to a circular, dated 10th June, which has been issued by the Sanitary Authority of the Borough of Eastbourne, setting forth; the recommendations of the Preservatives Committee, and expressing the intention of that authority to act upon them; whether, seeing the division of opinion that exists as to the practicability of the adoption of those recommendations, he can issue a circular to public authorities recommending them to await the decision of the Government before adopting them as a basis of procedure; whether he can inform the House when he proposes to deal with the subject.

(Answer.) I have seen a copy of the circular referred to in the Question. I am not at present in a position to make any statement as regards legislation on the subject of the Report of the Preservatives' Committee. I have no power to require the adoption of any particular course by local authorities with respect to the enforcement of the law as to food adulteration, and it does not appear that there would be any advantage in my issuing a circular as suggested.—(Local Government Board.)