HC Deb 10 March 1936 vol 309 cc1953-4
32. Mr. De CHAIR

asked the Secretary of State for War whether tinned milk only is supplied to the Army?

Under SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Duff Cooper)

Milk for the home forces is purchased regimentally from the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes out of a daily cash allowance, and it is within the discretion of units whether they purchase fresh or tinned milk, both of which are obtainable from the institutes. Definite information is not available as to the proportions of fresh and preserved milk consumed but the importance of using fresh milk is impressed on messing officers. At the majority of stations abroad tinned milk is issued.


Is the fresh milk pasteurised or Grade A, T.T.?


Is not fresh milk of sufficient importance for the hon. Gentleman to inform himself how much fresh and how much tinned milk is used in the Army?


No, we leave this to the regiments concerned to decide for themselves. In reply to the first supplementary question, we press the importance of pasteurised milk being used.


In regiments which decide not to use fresh milk, which we consider much better, will my hon. Friend see that they use tinned milk that has been produced in this country?