Consumers for Health Choice

– in the House of Commons at 10:19 pm on 28th October 2002.

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Photo of Mr David Rendel Mr David Rendel Liberal Democrat, Newbury 10:19 pm, 28th October 2002

I present a petition similar to that presented by Mr. Goodman. The petition is signed by more than 1,000 people resident in west Berkshire and the surrounding areas.

The petition states:

The Petition of Consumers for Health Choice and its Supporters.

Declares that consumers in the U.K. have for many years maintained good health by choosing to take safe vitamin and mineral supplements and herbal remedies; and fears that the European Food Supplements Directive and the proposed European Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicine Products would severely restrict the number and range of such products on general retail sale in the future.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons requires that the Secretary of State for Health does all in his power to protect the rights of UK consumers by ensuring that such European legislation does not unnecessarily and unacceptably restrict the availability of natural health products.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.