HC Deb 15 December 1938 vol 342 cc2160-1
56. Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that many instances have recently occurred when cows that are T.B. reactors, after being weeded out from a T.T. herd, have been retained by the same owner for the production of accredited and ordinary milk; and whether he intends to take action to give better protection to the public health in connection with such cases?

Mr. Elliot

Cows showing a reaction to the tuberculin test are not, on that account, slaughtered, since as the hon. Member is aware, reaction to the tuberculin test does not in itself imply infection in the milk of a reactor. The question of improving the standard of the milk supply of the country is receiving active attention on the part of His Majesty's Government.

Sir Francis Fremantle

Does not that show the absolute necessity for giving local authorities power to secure the pasteurisation of milk?

Mr. Leach

Has the right hon. Gentleman reached the conclusion that the tuberculin test for cattle is not reliable?