§ 20. Mr. Deakins
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the legislation which governs the way in which bread is described at point-of-sale to the consumer.
§ Mr. Anthony Stodart
The relevant legislation is the Food and Drugs Act, 1955, under which the Bread and Flour Regulations 1963 apply, while the Labelling of Food Regulations 1970, will also apply when they come fully into operation on 1st January, 1973.
The Trade Descriptions Act, 1968, is also relevant.
§ Mr. Deakins
Would the hon. Gentleman not agree that the housewife needs a standard definition of those descriptions of bread in the shops which purport to describe the contents so that she may know in future what she is buying when, for example, she buys a wholemeal loaf?
§ Mr. Stodart
The present regulations are being reviewed by the Foods Standards Committee and we are awaiting its advice before taking action.