HC Deb 25 February 1952 vol 496 cc691-2
20. Mr. Norman Dodds

asked the Minister of Food what are the results of his investigation into the measures which might be undertaken to reduce undesirable risks involved in the sale of overspilled beer; and if he will take action for the progressive substitution of line glasses instead of the usual brim glasses.

Major Lloyd George

The investigation is incomplete, but so far there is little evidence of danger to health. I have noted the suggestion made in the second part of the Question.

Mr. Dodds

Does the right hon. and gallant Gentleman not think that it makes nonsense of the clean food campaign if the unsatisfactory practices associated with the overspilling and the re-sale of overspilled beer are not dealt with? Does he not think that it is essential to provide larger glasses to give customers full measure and drastically to reduce overspilling by unsteady hands?

Major Lloyd George

I have said already that the inquiry is incomplete. With regard to the second part of the Question, big items of expenditure are involved.

Mr. James Hudson

As long as the right hon. and gallant Gentleman considers it necessary to make investigations into the risks run by beer drinkers, in view of the very considerable amount of beer that they drink, does he not think that the time has come for examining those risks that they appear to think desirable rather than undesirable?

Sir Herbert Williams

Is not beer an antiseptic?