HC Deb 21 January 1943 vol 386 cc299-300
71. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been directed to the great concern in North Staffordshire through the revelations made about casualty cattle and slink meat; can he make a statement on the matter; and is he satisfied with the interpretation and effectiveness of the present Regulations?

Mr. E. Brown

The execution of the Food and Drugs Act and the Public Health (Meat) Regulations is the responsibility of the appropriate local authority. I have been in communication with the Stoke-on-Trent City Council with regard to the question, and I am informed that, having been seriously concerned at the increase in the number of casualty cattle sent to Stoke-on-Trent for slaughter, they made investigations and are appointing a senior meat inspector, who, in the Council's opinion, will be able to deal effectively with casualty cattle in accordance with the Regulations.