§ Mr. Mason
asked the Minister of Health if he will take steps to prohibit the sale of spilt beer in clubs, public houses and hotels in which spillage and overflow is at present being sold; if he will introduce legislation to ensure the installation of modern non-spill pumps and the use of the larger glass as 4W approved by the Weights and Measures authorities; if he will make inquiries from public health inspectors to ascertain how widespread the problem is; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Braine
It is an offence under the Food Hygiene (General) Regulations, 1960, for a food handler not to take such steps as may be reasonably necessary to protect food—including beer—from risk of contamination. There have already been successful prosecutions on the sale of spilt beer, and my right hon. Friend therefore does not consider it necessary on public health grounds to require the installation of non-spill pumps or the use of lined glasses or to seek further information from local authorities.