HC Deb 14 April 1908 vol 187 c994

To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that the Glasgow veterinary surgeon is of opinion that all meat imported from over seas ought to be presented for examination in such form as would enable inspectors here to revise the previous work of inspection and thus form a fair idea as to the wholesomeness for human food, and that all boneless meat or scrap should be entirely excluded; and whether the Government will consider the advisability of appointing and paying such a staff of inspectors.

(Answered by Mr. John Burns.) My attention has been called to this Report. I propose that the regulations under the Public Health (Regulations as to Food) Act which I have in preparation should deal with imported boneless scrap meat. Other matters relating to the wholesomeness of imported meat are receiving my attention, but I do not think that inspection of the kind referred to in the last part of the Question would be practicable at the present time.