HC Deb 02 March 1938 vol 332 c1115
82. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the un-desirability of penalties being inflicted by magistrates that involves the public notification of an offence being affixed to the premises of the offender, he will take steps to end this practice?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Mr. Bernays)

I understand that the hon. Member refers to a recent case in which a court ordered the affixing of a notice to premises under powers contained in Section 180 (4) of the Public Health (London) Act, 1936. I would point out that the repeal of this Sub-section without re-enactment is proposed in the draft Food and Drugs Bill recently issued with the third interim report of the Local Government and Public Health Consolidation Committee.

Mr. Sorensen

May I take it that the Minister disapproves of the revival of this mediaeval penalty; and may I ask, if this penalty is to continue, that he will recommend to other Departments the possibility of fixing such a penalty not only for those who sell bad eggs but for those who pay bad wages?

Mr. Bernays

In the draft Bill it is proposed to repeal this Sub-section.