Penicillin

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th October 1944.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East 12:00 am, 4th October 1944

asked the Minister of Supply what steps have now been taken to secure mass production of penicillin.

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

Seven plants, six of which are pilot plants, are at present producing penicillin in this country. Nine large-scale plants are expected to come into operation at various dates within the next six months. Two of them are about to start production.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Is the Minister cognisant of the rapid strides made in America and Canada in the use of this very valuable drug? Can he not co-operate with the authorities there to get some machinery here?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

We are in the closest touch with organisations in America and Canada and we have the active assistance of one of the American firms in one of the plants that we are putting up.