HC Deb 17 May 1976 vol 911 cc431-2W
Mr. Percival

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many county court judgment summonses were issued by or on behalf of his department in each of the years 1973, 1974 and 1975; how many of those summonses were heard; in how many of those cases an order for committal to prison was made; and in how many cases the debtor was in fact committed to prison.

Mr. Orme

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 10th May 1976; Vol. 911, c. 76], circulated the following information

One county court judgment summons was issued in 1973. It was heard in 1974 and an order for committal to prison was made but the debtor was not committed to prison. In 1974 and 1975 no county court judgment summonses advise their patients accordingly. The Government rely on the independent advice of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy in determining national food policy which will in this respect remain unchanged. I have advised my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, who has responsibility for the labelling and advertising of food, accordingly.

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