§ Mr. MOUNT
asked the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to the fact that 19,000 cases of preserved milk arrived in the Port of London on Tuesday and Wednesday last; whether such milk is produced under restrictions and conditions similar to those imposed upon dairy farmers in England; and whether any tests have been made recently as to the amount of butter-fat contained in such milk, and, if so, with what result?
§ Mr. BURNS
I understand that 9,000 cases of preserved milk arrived in the Port of London on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. Examinations made during the six months ending 30th June showed that the samples tested of condensed milk made from whole milk contained an average of 9.76 per cent. of fat and had been prepared from milk containing at least 3 per cent. of butter fat. The samples of whole milk powders contained on the average 30.1 per cent. of fat, and had been made from milk containing over 3 per cent. of butter fat. There is no evidence to show that the sources of these imported supplies are less satisfactory from a sanitary point of view than those of home produced milk.