HC Deb 29 June 1939 vol 349 cc614-5
56. Brigadier-General Clifton Brown

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that a considerable amount of ice cream is made without cream or milk; and whether he will bring in legislation to compel ice cream makers to state the quantity and quality of milk used in ice creams they sell to the public?

Mr. Elliot

I am aware that some frozen mixtures sold as ices or ice cream may contain little or no cream or milk. The Food and Drugs Act, 1938, which comes into operation on the 1st October next, will give me increased powers for making regulations governing the composition of food and kindred matters, and I am considering the question of making regulations as to ice cream.

Brigadier-General Brown

Does not my right hon. Friend think that the time has come when a statutory standard should apply to all ice cream that is sold; and will he make regulations to that effect?

Mr. Elliot

I will take these points into consideration.

Sir Percy Harris

Have not the local authorities power to make by-laws to regulate the sale of ice cream?

Mr. Elliot

I am not sure how far their powers go, but the new Act will certainly give greater powers to the central Department

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