§ MR. CHIOZZA MONEY (Paddington, N.)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board if his attention has been directed to the fact that the standard of meat condemnation, strongly urged by the Local Government Board upon local authorities in 1901, is not infrequently ignored in whole or part by sanitary authorities; and if he will, in the interest of the public health, take steps to make the standard referred to absolutely compulsory.
§ MR. JOHN BURNS
According to the latest information I have received, there seems no reason to doubt that as regards the carcases of cattle the standard referred to is commonly acted upon by the officers of local authorities. I understand, however, that this is not the case to anything like the same extent as regards the carcases of pigs. The Local Government Board have on several occasions impressed upon local authorities the importance of uniformity of action in dealing with tuberculous meat, but legislation would be necessary to make the standard compulsory. I could not promise to propose legislation on the subject pending the Report of the Royal Commission on Tuberculosis.