§ 70. Mr. HURD
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of recent proceedings, he will consult the Minister of Health as to the issue of a circular letter to local authorities informing them that the basis of prosecutions for supplying milk deficient in fat should be not one or two tests made in exceptional circumstances, but a series of tests, so that while detecting adulteration the farmer or dairyman may not be penalised for faults for which neither can be held responsible?
The MINISTER of AGRICULTURE (Sir Arthur Boscawen)
I am examining into such recent cases as my hon. Friend has put before me of the prosecution of dairymen in respect of the sale of milk of poor quality. As I stated in my reply on the 16th instant, I shall be prepared, if the body of evidence warrants it, to consult with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health with a view to the issue of a circular letter to local authorities.