Oral Answers to Questions — Morphia Licences.

– in the House of Commons on 9th March 1922.

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Photo of Mr James Gilbert Mr James Gilbert , Southwark Central


asked the Home Secretary what is the form of licence issued under the Dangerous Drugs Act, 1920, permitting the manufacture of morphia in Great Britain; how many premises and persons have been licensed for such manufacture; what was the amount of British-made morphia exported during the year 1921; and to what countries was it consigned?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

The form of licence is an authorisation to carry on the manufacture of morphine at certain premises specified in the licence and subject to certain conditions. The conditions are not necessarily the same in each case but, in general, they provide for adequate supervision, exclusion of unauthorised persons, keeping of records of production and the like. The number of firms and premises licensed is three. The amount of British-made morphia exported during 1921, as shown in the Customs Returns, was 81,098 ounces, but this does not include the amount exported through the parcel post. The total amount of morphia licensed for export, including export by post, was 112,681 ounces. Morphia is exported to all parts of the world, but over one-half of the amount shown in the Customs Returns went to France. Other countries which received more than 5,000 ounces were Sweden, Belgium and Canada.