HC Deb 08 April 1963 vol 675 cc106-7W
90. Mr. Hastings

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has any further information on the decision of the United States authorities to import liquid milk from abroad for their service units in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Soames

I understand that the American authorities have not yet completed their review of the tenders for supplying milk to their Service units in this country.

In reply to my hon. Friend and Member for Newbury (Sir A. Hurd) on 28th February, I said that U.S. Service units stationed here used only pasteurised milk, so no risk of livestock disease arose. I would make it clear that this assumes satisfactory arrangements for the control of distribution and disposal, such as the U.S. authorities make—in conjunction with my veterinary advisers—for other animal products which they import. In the absence of such arrangements, more rigorous heat treatment of the milk than is required for normal pasteurisation would be necessary. The American authorities have been informed of this.