Complementary and Alternative Medicines

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:28 pm on 14th October 2009.

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Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Minister of State (Public Health), Department of Health 7:28 pm, 14th October 2009

I think that that intervention demonstrates why it is so important for the Government to take the position of not being for or against specific complementary and alternative medicine, and-as I said at the beginning of my speech-treating it in the same way as mainstream medicine. I am aware of the other matter that the hon. Gentleman mentioned, but obviously neither I nor the Government can control what people put in blogs or letters. What we can do, I think, is rise above it, and I believe that that is what we have done by providing the information that we have provided.

I thank the hon. Gentleman for initiating the debate. He has made a great contribution and a strong case for the views that he holds, and I know that the House will be grateful for that.

Question put and agreed to.

House adjourned.