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Quinine (Poisons Board Report)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th April 1967.

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Photo of Mr Evan Luard Mr Evan Luard , Oxford 12:00 am, 27th April 1967

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether he has yet received the report of the Poisons Board on the sale of quinine;

(2) what decision he has reached on the report of the Poisons Board concerning the sale of quinine.

Photo of Miss Alice Bacon Miss Alice Bacon , Leeds South East

The Board has recommended that quinine and preparations containing 10 per cent. or more of quinine should be sold against prescription only by authorised sellers of poisons from registered premises. I propose to consider this recommendation in the light of any representations that may be made by interested bodies.

Photo of Mr Evan Luard Mr Evan Luard , Oxford

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this Answer will be widely welcomed, and that the matters announced in it may help to prevent the repetition of such a tragic incident as occurred recently in Oxford when a young girl lost her life through taking an overdose of quinine, in the belief that it would terminate her pregnancy?

Photo of Miss Alice Bacon Miss Alice Bacon , Leeds South East

I am aware of that, and I should like to thank my hon. Friend for what he has done in bringing this to our notice.