This Bill was read a second time without a division in the House of Commons on July 23rd after a debate lasting nearly five hours. Opposition speakers, including particularly Dr. Edith Summerskill and Mr. Willey former Parliamentary Secretaries to the Ministry of Food between 1945 and 1951, attacked the Government for having whittled down, very extensively, the contemplated Regulations to be made when the Bill is on the statute book dealing with cleanliness in the handling of food. As is generally known, the draft regulations have for several months been the subject of many discussions between trade organisations and the Ministry of Food. As a result, the Minister has decided to modify or drop several of the proposals which he had at first intended to carry into effect by regulations, and to substitute for some of them codes of practice.
British Food Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 1, 1954