HC Deb 16 April 1913 vol 51 cc1943-4

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been drawn to the action of the Westminster City Council in threatening proceedings under Section 3 of the Sale of Food and Drugs Act, 1875, against retail dealers and stores, in respect of the sale of preserved cream containing less than 22 grains of boracic acid to the pint, on the ground of injury to health; and, whether, seeing that Dr. Hamill, the medical inspector of the Board, recommended in a recent Report to the Board, after elaborate inquiry, that a quantity up to 28 grains might be permitted in the summer months without injury to health, the Board will issue a Circular advising local authorities that no proceedings ought to be taken, provided sales are made in compliance with the recently published regulations and where the quantity of preservative does not exceed Dr. Hamill's recommendation?


The answer to the first question is in the affirmative. I do not consider it is necessary, at any rate at the present stage, to issue such a Circular as the hon. Member indicates.