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Food And Drugs Bill (Regulations)

Volume 524: debated on Friday 26 February 1954

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asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that although the Food and Drugs (Amendment) Bill is unlikely to reach the Statute Book for several months, trade associations have already received from his Department a copy of 67 draft regulations proposed under that Bill, and a request for their observations thereon by 15th March; and, since the Bill may be amended before enactment and it is impossible for trade associations with large memberships to give adequate consideration to his detailed proposals in that time, if he will give instructions for a recasting of these arrangements.

Proposals for food hygiene regulations were circulated last month for comment to all organisations likely to be affected by them. The object is to ensure that they have ample opportunity to express their views. Representations received after 15th March will, of course, be fully considered, but 1 hope that the organisations will not unduly delay their examination of the proposals so that my Department may have their comments in good time.