HC Deb 24 May 1928 vol 217 c2074W

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that it is possible in England and Wales for a producer of Grade A milk which is below the prescriptive standard required to continue to sell such milk without the local authority having power to withdraw the licence; whether he is aware that in Scotland, if such standard fails to reach the prescriptive standard required for the purposes of the Food and Drugs Act, the licence can be withdrawn; and whether he will take steps so that the same powers should obtain in England?


It is possible in the case of Grade A milk, as of other milk, for an unadulterated sample to fall below the presumptive limits laid down for the purposes of the Sale of Food and Drugs Acts, and in such cases a prosecution under those Acts can be undertaken by the local authority if the facts appear to justify that course. I see no reason for thinking that a power to withdraw a licence would be more effective in securing that Grade A milk is kept up to the presumptive standard.