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Food Hygiene

Volume 529: debated on Monday 5 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Food what steps he is taking to ensure that food is handled in as clean a manner as possible.

Although the responsibility rests primarily on local authorities the Ministry encourages and helps; for example, it lends films and exhibition material, it issues model byelaws, working party reports and such publications as "Clean Catering."

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that the whole House appreciates his personal interest in this matter? Is he further aware, however, that there is now a widespread feeling that the Government are not going to proceed with the Food and Drugs (Amendment) Bill? In view of his personal interest in the matter, will he set about his more reactionary colleagues and try to save this Bill?

The hon. Member will realise that that is a matter not for me, but for the Leader of the House. Secondly, he will remember the statement which I made in the discussions on the Slaughterhouses Bill last week.