HC Deb 16 April 1931 vol 251 cc339-40

asked the Minister of Health how many and what percentage of local authorities have secured powers and/or made by-laws to deal with each of the following matters separately: Tipping of refuse, prohibition of sorting of dustbins, hawking of meat, possession or sale of unsound food, transport and handling of unsound food, registration of premises used for manufacture of potted meats, manufacture of ice cream, prevention of contamination of food, wrappers of food, exposure of milk to contamination, prohibition of infected persons from handling foods, offensive trades, regulation of dustbins, defective drains, provision of water-closets for each house, and any other similar matters, for which a number of local authorities have already taken effective action?


I am sorry that the information cannot be given without a very great deal of investigation.


Has not my right hon. Friend any information which indicates that a very small number of local authorities have taken advantage of these very elementary powers to safeguard the public health; and cannot he do anything to suggest to them that action should be taken?


I cannot accept the imputation in the first part of my hon. Friend's supplementary question, because a very large number have; but the point is that it is very difficult, without elaborate investigation, to supply all the information that my hon. Friend wants.