HC Deb 06 December 1945 vol 416 c2509
23. Colonel Gomme-Duncan

asked the Minister of Health whether he will set up a full public inquiry into the methods of living in this country, with particular reference to diet, processed foods and the use of chemicals in farming.

Mr. Bevan

The diet of the country and technical questions arising in connection with it are kept under constant review, and I am not aware of any reason for setting up so wide an inquiry as that suggested.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he realises that he is Minister of Health, and that until we get down to the health of the people all the housing plans he has in hand will not be any use?

Mr. Bevan

I must also ask the hon. and gallant Member to-be precise in his language, because what "a full public inquiry into the methods of living" means, I do not know.