HC Deb 27 July 1905 vol 150 cc602-3

I beg to ask the hon. Member for West Essex, as Chairman of the Kitchen and Refreshment Committee, in view of the fact that calves used in the Local Government Board National Vaccine Establishment for the production of lymph for vaccination purposes are sold in London for human food, will he consider the desirability of excluding veal from the House of Commons Dining Room menu unless it is well known that the supply has not been derived from vaccine stations.


As it would appear that after the animals are slaughtered their carcasses are thoroughly examined, I feel that no danger can possibly ensue to the hon. Member from the consumption of veal in the House of Commons.


May we rest assured that the manager of the refreshment department takes every precaution that the carcasses of calves honeycombed with smallpox virus shall not be brought into the kitchen of the House?


The hon. Member is doubtless aware that as most calves are popularly supposed to come from Essex, for the safety of the public they are properly examined.