HC Deb 22 March 1948 vol 448 cc2569-70
42. Mr. Driberg

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that an Australian gift tin of cooking fat, recently sent to a resident of Braintree, is embossed with the word "Poison"; if, in view of the concern and confusion caused by this error, he will cause the contents of the tin to be analysed at public expense; whether other similar cases have been reported to him; and if he will make representations with a view to preventing a repetition of the error.

Dr. Summerskill

I am informed that the cooking fat was a gift sent privately through the post from Australia. I do not think that the Government are called upon to have private parcels analysed at the public expense, but the recipient can do so if he wishes on payment of a small fee. No similar case has come to my notice, but I do not see how representations on my part could prevent a repetition of the error.

Mr. E. P. Smith

Can the hon. Lady assure us that, in future, this particular title will apply only to English cooking fat?

Mr. Driberg

Could my hon. Friend at least give some helpful advice to my constituent, who is in grave domestic embarrassment? He tells his wife to go ahead and use it because it is probably all right, and she says that she does not quite like to.

Dr. Summerskill

Yes, I can give my hon. Friend some good advice. All he has to do is to have it analysed and pay the bill.

Mr. Oliver Stanley

Is this not a matter where the Member of Parliament for the constituency might be very useful?