§ 5. Mr. Willey
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps have been taken to implement the recommendation of the Food and Agriculture Organisation's Hot Springs Conference proposing the establishment of national nutrition committees.
The resolutions of the United Nations Conference on Food and Agriculture, the Hot Springs Conference, held in 1943, recommended Governments to set up organisations to ascertain food consumption habits and the nutritional status of different sections of the population and to make recommendations to Governments. Organisations for these purposes already existed in the United Kingdom and no special action was necessary therefore to implement the recommendations.
These organisations are now the National Food Survey Committee and the Committee on Medical and Nutritional Aspects of Food Policy.
§ Mr. Willey
While appreciating that, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he will encourage this work rather than discourage it, and see that it is improved, because we still have to pay a good deal of regard to nutrition even in this country?
I certainly will, but I hope the implication of the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question is not that I have been discouraging in any way the activities of these committees. If he thinks I have, perhaps he will let me know why he thinks so.