HC Deb 10 November 1949 vol 469 cc1393-4
50. Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been drawn to the remarks of the chief milk advisory officer to the Lancashire Agricultural Executive Committee to the effect that carelessness and dirty habits among producers and their employees are spoiling large quantities of milk; and what steps are being taken by his Department to improve matters, especially in relation to personal hygiene.

Mr. T. Williams

Yes, Sir. The new Milk and Dairies Regulations which came into force on 1st October require certain hygenic precautions in the production and handling of milk, including the observance of personal cleanliness by producers and their employees. It is my intention to ensure that these conditions are enforced as strictly as possible.

Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

As in a greater or lesser degree almost every part of the country is affected by this very important question, will my right hon. Friend consider making representations to all county agricultural executive committees that they should get to work on it in their own particular areas?

Mr. Williams

The county executive committees have already been informed of their responsibilities, and I am sure they will carry them out.

Dr. Segal

Has my right hon. Friend any evidence that carelessness and dirty habits among milk producers are more prevalent in Lancashire than in other parts of the country?