HC Deb 22 October 1942 vol 383 c2082
38. Major Milner

asked the Minister of Health whether from the public health point of view, he is satisfied with the present arrangements for the inspection of meat and milk?

Mr. E. Brown

Steps are being taken by the Government, as set out in the recent Memorandum on milk policy, to improve: the keeping quality of milk and to increase the amount of milk pasteurised. Meat inspection has incurred certain difficulties from the circumstances of war-time control and concentration of slaughtering in fewer places, but I have no reason to doubt the general adequacy of inspection. I am glad to take this opportunity of expressing again my appreciation of the work that local authorities and their officers continue to do in food inspection generally, despite the other claims upon them.

Major Milner

Has the right hon. Gentleman had his attention drawn to the serious statements to the contrary made at a recent conference of the National Veterinary Medical Association, and what steps is he taking to refute those statements?

Mr. Brown

I have had my attention Drawn to them, and they are grossly exaggerated.