HC Deb 23 February 1966 vol 725 c97W
93. Mr. Longden

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether the proposals referred to in his Department's Press notice of 27th September last for implementing the proposals of the Food Standards Committee on Food Labelling have yet become regulations; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hoy

The proposals issued on 27th September last were open for comment until 3rd January. A very large number of representations has been received and until these have been fully considered it is not possible to forecast a date when the regulations will be made.

94. Mr. Park

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will now introduce legislation to require tins of processed food to be date-stamped as they emerge from the factory.

Mr. Hoy

This matter was considered by the Food Standards Committee in its Report on Food Labelling. It made no recommendation because it did not consider it to be a practical proposition. No provision for compulsory date stamping was included therefore in the proposals for new labelling regulations issued on 27th September last. Representations on these proposals, including some about date-stamping, are now being considered and I cannot yet say what the final decision will be.