HC Deb 16 April 1931 vol 251 c340
31. Major CHURCH

asked the Minister of Health if he can give the names and qualifications of the persons he has invited to serve on the committee to consider the law as to the composition and description, including the fixing of standards and definitions, of articles of food; and whether any representative scientific bodies, members of which may be specially qualified to assist in such an inquiry, have been invited to submit names for his consideration when he is making appointments to the committee?


I regret that I am not yet in a position to make any announcement as to the membership of this committee. As regards the second part of the question, no "representative scientific bodies" have been consulted about the constitution of the committee, but these bodies will be able to give evidence before the committee.


Does the Minister propose to invite any of these bodies to assist him in making the scope of the inquiry as complete as possible; does he intend to ask them to assist him in framing exact terms of reference for the committee; and will he allow them to advise him on the relative urgency of the problems to be investigated?


I would remind my hon. and gallant Friend that four Departments of State are concerned in this problem, and we are as fully alive to the real problem as scientific societies could be. My own view is that the best thing would be to bring all these views in the form of evidence before the committee.

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