HC Deb 22 June 1971 vol 819 cc1182-3
22. Mr. Duffy

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services in which hospitals synthetic foods have been consumer-tested on hospital patients; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Alison

None, Sir of which I am aware.

Mr. Duffy

I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman's assurance, but does he not think that his right hon. Friend should have shown more concern about the Press report that nutritional tests were being carried out on patients in hospital on behalf of private industry, at least to the extent of issuing a prompt denial?

Mr. Alison

My right hon. Friend has invited the Food Standard Committee, which advises my Department among others on the exercise of its powers under the Food and Drugs Act, to review the use of all unconventional proteins as food or as ingredients of food, and has asked interested parties to comment.