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Bacteriological Warfare

Volume 530: debated on Tuesday 13 July 1954

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50.

asked the Prime Minister if he will consider transferring the duties of the Minister of Supply relating to experiments in bacteriological warfare from the Minister of Supply to the Minister of Health and the Secretary of State for Scotland.

No, Sir. This is a defence matter for which the Ministry of Supply is the appropriate Department.

Is it not the duty of the Minister of Health and the Secretary of State for Scotland to protect the civil population against bacteria and against the spread of disease? Is there not a certain amount of overlapping in this case? Could not some economy be effected if the matter were transferred to the Minister of Health and the Secretary of State for Scotland?