HC Deb 22 February 1922 vol 150 cc1902-3
64. Mr. HURD

asked the Minister of Health whether it is the experience of his Department that fresh milk forms the principal part of the diet in the successful treatment of tuberculosis; and whether he will advise all local-health authorities that they should use no substitutes for fresh milk in this or any other part of their administration?


The answer is in the negative. I am advised that although milk may be an essential element of special diets for tuberculous persons in certain stages of the disease, or for young children, a mixed general diet is preferable in the case of adults to one consisting mainly of milk. As regards the second part of the question, I am advised that certain substitutes, such as full cream dried milk, suitably prepared for use, are as nutritious as fresh milk so long as vitamines are provided in the necessary amounts in other parts of the diet.

67. Mr. MYERS

asked the Minister of Health if he will state the number of mechanical cream separators imported into the country in 1920 and 1921, with an estimate of the number now in use and having regard to the fact that milk thus treated loses nearly the whole of its nutritive properties in the process, and to what extent the milk is now being sold to the public as the genuine article; whether the public have adequate protection under existing procedure; whether he considers further powers to be necessary; and if, having regard to the whole circumstances, he will facilitate the Milk and Dairies Amendment Bill with a view to strengthening the powers of local authorities upon the matter?


I have no information as to the number of mechanical separators imported into or in use in this country, but I understand that they are in general use for the making of cream and butter. The practice of selling separated milk by itself as whole milk is not a common one, and the existing powers of local authorities, under the Sale of Food and Drugs Acts, are, in my opinion, sufficient to enable them to deal with it.


asked the Minister of Health if it is proposed to introduce a Milk and Dairies Bill this Session?


I cannot add anything at present to my reply to the hon. Member for North Newcastle on the 15th February.

Sir J. D. REES

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a great many local bodies do not want this?


I have not seen all the local authorities.