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Major Gates

asked the Minister of Food whether he is now in a position to announce his proposals for a review of the legislative and other arrangements for securing that meat products are produced and handled under hygienic conditions.

Mr. Strachey

Yes; I have decided, in consultation with my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Minister of Health, to appoint a Working Party to consider the whole question of hygiene in the trades concerned with the manufacture of meat products and to make recommendations.

The terms of the minute of appointment are as follows:


Minute of Appointment

I hereby appoint

  • S. W. Hood, Esq., C.B., W. A. Letham, Esq., M.D., D.P.H., D.T.M., W. J. M. Menzies, Esq., and H. D. Vigor, Esq., O.B.E., of the Ministry of Food;
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  • P. N. R. Butcher, Esq., and A. H. Gale, Esq., M.D., of the Ministry of Health;
  • R. Howat, Esq., and I. N. Sutherland, Esq., M.B., Ch.B., F.R.C.P. (Edin.), of the Department of Health for Scotland;
  • D. C. Lamont, Esq., M.B., Ch.B., D.P.H., Medical Officer of Health of the County Borough of Burnley;
  • W. R. Martine, Esq., O.B.E., M.D., D.P.H., Senior Assistant Medical Officer of Health of the City of Birmingham;
  • H. Priestley, Esq., M.B.E., Chief Sanitary Inspector of the County Borough of Blackpool;
  • W. G. Pyatt, Esq., Chief Sanitary Inspector of the City of Cardiff;
  • Andrew Stewart, Esq., Chief Food Inspector of the City of Glasgow;
  • Colin S. Dence, Esq., E. E. Marsh, Esq., G. Moore. Esq., and C. P. D. Ward, Esq., O.B.E., from the meat manufacturing trades;
  • T. Battersby, Esq., of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers;
  • L. F. Neal, Esq., of the Transport and General Workers' Union; and
  • Mrs. A. Taylor of the Co-operative Meat Trade Association,
to be a Working Party to review present trade practice and legal requirements for securing that conditions in the meat manufacturing trades are clean and sanitary, and that the products, and the materials from which they are prepared, are wholesome in all respects; to draw up, if considered desirable, agreed codes of practice for voluntary adoption by the trades concerned; to consider whether new or amended requirements by way of statute or regulation are desirable; and to make recommendations to the Minister of Food, the Minister of Health and the Secretary of State for Scotland.

And I further appoint S. W. Hood. Esq., C.B., to be the Chairman and W. J. B. Hopkinson, Esq., of the Ministry of Food to be the Secretary of the Working Party.

I also appoint

  • H. R. Barnell, Esq., Ph.D., M.A., B.Sc., D. Campbell, Esq., L. B. A. Grace, Esq., M.R.C.V.S., D.V.S.M., of the Ministry of Food;
  • J. A. Boycott, Esq., M.D., of the Public Health Laboratory Service;
  • L. E. Campbell, Esq., Ph.D., F.R.I.C., Director of the Food Manufacturing Industries Research Association; and
  • W. T. Baker, Esq., and J. Forsyth, Esq., Retail Meat Trade Advisers to the Ministry of Food,
to be assessors to the Working Party.

(Signed) John Strachey,

Minister of Food.

31st May, 1949.