asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that the Brentford and Chiswick Council have been waiting for more than one year for the revised model for by-laws under the provisions of Section 15 of the Food and Drugs Act, 1938; that his Department has informed the council on three separate occasions during 1948 that this would shortly be available, but that on 10th February last, his Department advised the council that there might be a further considerable delay; and what action he will take to settle this urgent matter.
Yes. A first draft of the model by-laws was ready last July. It was necessary thereafter to consult associations representing the interests of persons who will be affected by the bylaws. These consultations have taken much longer than was expected. They have now been completed, a second draft is being prepared, and the remaining stages of the work will be brought to a conclusion as quickly as possible. In the meantime local authorities may, if they wish, submit by-laws for confirmation on the old model.