HC Deb 11 April 1935 vol 300 c1321
35. Mr. HASLAM

asked the Minister of Health whether he is conducting further bacteriological examinations into Chinese eggs not in shell as imported into this country; whether such inquiries include both disease producing micro-organisms and those causing putrefaction; and whether he is prepared to publish the results in due course?


My right hon. Friend proposes to have certain further examinations made; the investigations have been directed both to disease-producing micro-organisms and also to other non-pathogenic organisms, among which putrefactive organisms are included. My right hon. Friend does not at present see any need to publish the results, but he will be happy to furnish my hon. Friend with further details if he desires them.


While thanking my hon. Friend for his comprehensive reply, may I ask him if he will ask the Minister, in view of the very considerable quantity of these imports, seriously to consider making known the investigation which he is conducting?


Can my hon. Friend say when this information is likely to be available?


I cannot say. I will take note of the suggestion of my hon. Friend the Member for Horncastle (Mr. Haslam).