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London County Council 1934

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London County Council]

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with some idea as to the Council's proposals concerning the areas in group (a), to
affirm the borough council's intentions in group (b), and, more especially, to arrive
at some working agreement in respect of the areas in group (c) which had not hitherto
been definitely brought into schemes of either the borough or the County Council,
although the latter, at any rate, had taken some account of them in the mass in
preparing its programme.
These conferences between the responsible members of the respective authorities
have clarified the position very considerably. In most cases the procedure to be
adopted for groups (a) and (b) in the lists has been confirmed. In some instances
it was found that the borough was anxious to undertake a larger programme than
was expected and some of the areas in the Council's programme have been handed
over for borough action. It was, however, not found easy to dispose of group (c)
in a clear.cut fashion, because of the inherent difficulties in the matter of rehousing.
By taking advantage of the Council's standard agreement to provide the necessary
accommodation in consideration of a flat rate contribution, the boroughs have been
enabled to proceed in the knowledge that their main stumbling block would be
removed, provided, of course, that their requirements are co.ordinated with the
Council's output of new dwellings.
The mass of " unadopted " areas is receiving further careful consideration with
a view to the possibility in a few cases of some scheme of grouping and redevelopment
on the lines of the Housing Bill which was presented to Parliament in December.
In the main that Bill deals with the problem of overcrowding. It also includes,
however, several important amendments of existing Housing Acts.
Milk and Dairies (Consolidation) Act, 1915.
For several years it has been the practice for the Council to take samples of
liquid milk arriving from the provinces for biological examination to ascertain
the extent to which the milk supply on its arrival in London is infected with tuberculosis.
In the event of a positive result, the medical officer of the county of origin
is notified, when arrangements are made by him for the farm from which the milk
originated to be visited and the herd examined.
of milk.

The result of such sampling during 1934, as compared with work done in 1933, is as follows:—

Completed examinations.No. tuberculous.Percentage.Completed examinations.No. tuberculous.Percentage.
N.B.—These figures refer to samples taken from churns only.

The milk subject to sampling in 1934 was received from 25 counties. As a
result of consequential investigations 69 cows were dealt with under the Tuberculosis
Order, 1925; in some additional cases it was reported that the owners had taken
action before the medical officer of the county concerned made his inspection.
In addition to the samples given in the above table, 37 were taken in 1934
from tanks, of which 30 or 81 per cent. were tuberculous. It was decided that it
served no useful purpose to continue to sample milk brought into London in tanks
on account of the practical impossibility of tracing the farm of origin. Representations
regarding this matter were made to the government departments concerned
and evidence was given to the Committee of the Economic Advisory Council on
Cattle Diseases.