Regulations and Orders

Part of Orders of the Day — Misuse of Drugs Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th December 1970.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Surbiton 12:00 am, 9th December 1970

As a director of a group of pharmaceutical companies—I declare that interest at the outset—I should like to support what has been said by the hon. Member for Liverpool, west Derby (Mr. Ogden). There should be adequate consultation with the industry before regulations or orders are made under the Act. I understand that my hon. Friend acknowledges that.

I did not serve on the Standing Committee, but I believe that that assurance was given on many occasions upstairs. If that is the Government's intention, if they accept, as they do, the validity of the hon. Gentleman's point, why not write it into the Bill? It is not a new suggestion. I served on the Standing Committee on the Medicines Bill in 1968. It was written into that Bill in almost precisely the same words as appear in the new Clause. So there is a respectable precedent. It is not breaking new ground. I cannot see why it should not also be written into this Bill.

I hope that my hon. Friend will accept the logic of doing in fact what he has already accepted that he ought to do in principle.