HC Deb 24 February 1938 vol 332 cc569-70W
Miss Wilkinson

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that advertisements are being sent to maternity and child-welfare committees from firms manufacturing dried milk, urging them to supply these patent products on the grounds that they cannot be used for general purposes; and, in view of the necessity for fresh milk, whether he will give instructions that powdered milk, or milk products, should not be supplied if it is at all possible to supply fresh milk?

Sir K. Wood

My attention has not previously been drawn to this matter but I am aware that in some instances dried milk is supplied by welfare authorities on the recommendation of their Medical Officer of Health where this course appears desirable on medical or other grounds. The choice must be made on the facts of the particular case and I think it must be one for the discretion of the welfare authorities concerned.