Sainsbury Committee (Interim Report)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd November 1965.

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Photo of Mr Laurie Pavitt Mr Laurie Pavitt , Willesden West 12:00 am, 22nd November 1965

asked the Minister of Health if he expects to receive an interim report from the Sainsbury Committee which is inquiring into the relationship of the pharmaceutical industry and the National Health Service.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

So far as I am aware, the Committee is not at present proposing to submit an interim report.

Photo of Mr Laurie Pavitt Mr Laurie Pavitt , Willesden West

As winter has undoubtedly started early this year, and my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer predicts that spring will start late, will the Minister seek to find from the Sainsbury Committee whether or not it is possible to do something about the provision of drugs for bronchitis in the winter period?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

I doubt whether this would be a matter for the Sainsbury Committee. I have not suggested to the Committee that it should produce an interim report on any aspect of its deliberations, though it would no doubt do so if it thought desirable.