HC Deb 14 February 1924 vol 169 c1045W

asked the Minister of Health the number of deaths caused directly by, or attributed to, excessive milk drinking; and what steps he is taking to assure that the public can have a clean and wholesome milk supply?


The answer to the first part of the question is "No." All practicable steps are being taken to secure the efficient administration of the statutory provisions designed to attain the object to which the hon. Member refers.


asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the effort now being made by milk producers to popularise this commodity in the interests of the public health, his attention has been called to an advertisement which, quoting a chemist, remarks that mothers ought to realise how totally unsuitable cows' milk is for babies; and whether this view is entertained by his Department?


My attention has not been called to the advertisement in question. My own view and that of my advisers is that the most suitable food for babies is mothers' milk, and that cows milk suitably modified is usually the best available substitute.