HC Deb 21 February 1935 vol 298 cc518-9
32. Mr. BOSSOM

asked the Minister of Health whether he will take steps to see that in all housing developments that have not an appropriate public mortuary available in the immediate vicinity, such provision must be placed on the development itself for the use of tenants, to prevent the continuance of the present distressing conditions which sometimes are encountered?


I fully appreciate the importance of the point raised by my hon. Friend. Local authorities have adequate powers under the Public Health Acts to provide mortuaries, and in any case in which the circumstances required it, there is statutory power vested in the Ministry of Health, or in the case of London in the London County Council, to call upon the appropriate authority to provide a mortuary.


asked the Minister of Health whether he is in a position to make any further statement upon the terms of reference and mmbership of the committee appointed jointly by the Minister of Health and the Secretary of State for Scotland into the state of nutrition of certain sections of the population and into other matters arising out of the memorandum submitted to the Economic Advisory Council some months ago by a group of eminent scientists?


No, Sir. The arrangements for and personnel of this committee are under consideration between my right hon. Friend and myself, and the right hon. Gentleman is aware that such matters require time for their proper settlement.


In view of the fact that the memorandum referred to raised certain matters for the consideration of this committee will the right hon. Gentleman say why he has taken so many months to arrange for it?


The time taken is commensurate with the importance of the matters under consideration.