HC Deb 11 March 1957 vol 566 c790
34. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what consideration he has now given to the recommendations by the Preservative Sub-Committee of the Food Standards Committee concerning colouring-matters permitted in food; and what decision he has reached.

Mr. Amory

The Food Standards Committee has recently recommended modifications in the list of colours to be permitted. This has necessitated further consultation with the interests concerned which means that the introduction of the regulations will be somewhat delayed.

Mr. Dodds

While appreciating the Minister's helpfulness, may I ask whether he appreciates the importance of this subject? Could he not be a little more forthcoming and tell us what are the limitations which have been imposed and which colours are not to be used? Could he not help the trade by letting them know what they may use?

Mr. Amory

I should be very glad to give the maximum possible information about this. I have not the precise colours with me, but I will certainly let the hon. Member know. They are four of the 32 colours which were published on the approved list. The hon. Member knows that under the Food and Drugs Act, before making regulations I am bound to consult the interests concerned.