HC Deb 26 October 1953 vol 518 c2436
47. Mrs. Braddock

asked the Minister of Food what steps he is taking to lay down a national standard of purity and content of ice lollies, in view of the nation-wide concern following criticism by medical and lay authorities.

Dr. Hill

The Food Standards Committee is inquiring into the need for a standard of composition for ice lollies and my right hon. and gallant Friend will consider the matter in the light of their recommendations.

Mrs. Braddock

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that the information which he gave in the Adjournment debate on Thursday is very much appreciated? While waiting for the Standards Committee to deal with the matter, however, would he consider reminding all medical officers of health of the powers which they have and ask them to take whatever action is necessary to safeguard children in the meantime?

Dr. Hill

I will, of course, consider what the hon. Lady has suggested. I would remind her, first, that Dr. Semple's article was published in a journal which is widely read in the public health service. Secondly, I believe that local authorities will, in general, be aware of their powers under the Food and Drugs Acts, 1938.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Can my hon. Friend tell us whether a lollie is a lollipop with the "pop" taken out?

Dr. Hill

A lollie is water with a fruit flavour which has been frozen.