asked the President of the Local Government Board if he will state what precautions are taken by his Department to ensure that only pure milk is imported from abroad?
§ The PRESIDENT of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. Burns)
Samples of imported milk have been obtained by inspectors of the Foods Department and examined for tubercle and dirt content. Arrangements have also been made for the examination of a further series of samples Perhaps I may also remind the hon. Member that imported milk is liable to examination by the Commissioners of Customs in pursuance of the provisions of the Sale of Food and Drugs Act, 1899.
May I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman adheres to the idea of causing cowsheds to be inspected while this foreign milk is coming in?
§ Mr. BURNS
The hon. Member should not put the question in that way. Immediately milk was imported from France I sent two inspectors to look into the source of supply, and they made investigations as to its purity and freedom from dirt, and they were so satisfied that no complaint is to be made, if that should be what my hon. and gallant Friend suggests.
Does the French Government allow our inspectors to go anywhere to see the cowsheds at any time?