Results 141–160 of 2004 for speaker:Mr Nigel Fisher

Orders of the Day — Dangerous Drugs and Disabled Children Bill (9 Feb 1973)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I am grateful to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me so early in the debate after the sponsor of the Bill, the hon. Member for Carlisle (Mr. Ron Lewis), has spoken, because anyone connected with the pharmaceutical industry, as I am, must feel a deep sense of compassion and concern about the tragedy of the thalidomide children. I declare an interest straight away as a director of a group...

Orders of the Day — Dangerous Drugs and Disabled Children Bill (9 Feb 1973)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I do not know whether my right hon. and learned Friend is right. We have the Committee on the Safety of Drugs, and any adverse reactions of a serious kind should be reported to that committee at once. Any reputable manufacturer would certainly do so.

Orders of the Day — Dangerous Drugs and Disabled Children Bill (9 Feb 1973)

Mr Nigel Fisher: That is true. There are some very well known drugs—aspirin is one of them—which have an effect on a small number of people who have what one might call an abnormal condition. That is absolutely true. I do not see how any pharmaceutical company can guard against that effect. What is of benefit to the vast majority of patients may, exceptionally, be damaging to a few of them.

Orders of the Day — Dangerous Drugs and Disabled Children Bill (9 Feb 1973)

Mr Nigel Fisher: If that is the point that my right hon. and learned Friend had in mind, I absolutely confirm that. To resume my main argument, the cost to the patient in pain and suffering and what might be called "curability" might be very heavy if by a Bill of this kind the House of Commons discouraged innovating progress in the pharmaceutical industry.

Orders of the Day — Dangerous Drugs and Disabled Children Bill (9 Feb 1973)

Mr Nigel Fisher: They do, and it results in considerable delays which may prevent good drugs coming on to the market which would be of great value. The bureaucratic nature of the organisation which controls drugs in the United States is not an example which I would select in this context or in any other. It is discouraging and it delays the introduction of new medicines which may be of great value. I much...

Orders of the Day — Dangerous Drugs and Disabled Children Bill (9 Feb 1973)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Obviously not. The resources available to the American drug industry mean that more is spent on research and development in the United States than in the United Kingdom. That is self-evident, and many drugs used here emanate from the United States. I would not say anything as foolish as that. What I am saying is that our system to safeguard the patient is probably more efficient under the...

Orders of the Day — Dangerous Drugs and Disabled Children Bill (9 Feb 1973)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I do not think that the case founders at all. It is true that under this Bill a few like the thalidomide children might be provided with adequate compensation if things went wrong. But my point is that the health and perhaps the lives of millions of others might be put at risk in the process. That is my simple point on the question of research. In correcting the potential harm for a few...

Orders of the Day — Dangerous Drugs and Disabled Children Bill (9 Feb 1973)

Mr Nigel Fisher: It is all very well for the hon. Gentleman to make that kind of remark from a sedentary position. He does not know what he is talking about. We cannot have it both ways. The Bill would be prejudicial to future patients because it would make the risks for the pharmaceutical industry virtually unlimited and therefore virtually uninsurable. The British Medical Journal wisely pointed out that the...

Orders of the Day — Dangerous Drugs and Disabled Children Bill (9 Feb 1973)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I did not say that it would. It is worth bearing in mind—and perhaps it arises on the hon. Gentleman's point—that circumstances are very different today from those before the thalidomide disaster. Since then, and because of that tragedy, we have the Committee on the Safety of Medicines and the 1968 Medicines Act, introduced by the Labour Government. Both are designed to limit the risk to...

Orders of the Day — Dangerous Drugs and Disabled Children Bill (9 Feb 1973)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Surely the hon. and learned Gentleman knows that it was not superior surveillance which caused the Food and Drugs Administration not to pass the thalidomide drug but it was merely that it is so slow and bureaucratic that it had not got round to considering it. That is not a merit. It is a criticism.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Ugandan Immigrants (1 Feb 1973)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that there are not only compassionate grounds for re-uniting these families but also material ones, in that these are breadwinners who could support their families if they were allowed to come here, rather than that their families should be supported at the taxpayers' expense?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Emergency Casualty Service (London) (8 Aug 1972)

Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many hospitals in the central area of London provide an emergency casualty service each night.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Emergency Casualty Service (London) (8 Aug 1972)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Is my hon. Friend aware that on the evening of Friday, 21st July, there was not even a nurse or a receptionist available at the Westminster Hospital to decide which of the casualties waiting in the queue were in need of urgent attention, and that no doctor was available at either Westminster Hospital or St. Thomas's Hospital until after a two to three-hour wait? Some of the casualties needed...

Orders of the Day — Rhodesia (15 Jun 1972)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I agree with very much of what the right hon. Member for Fulham (Mr. Michael Stewart) said. I hope that he will acquit me of any discourtesy in not following him in detail, because, like him, I have promised Mr. Speaker that I would be short. The right hon. Gentleman and I have the same broad approach to these Commonwealth problems but in this case we started from a different premise...

Orders of the Day — Rhodesia (15 Jun 1972)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I do not know whether other hon. Members can help me here. I must be honest and say that I do not know whether Japan's trade with black Africa is suffering because of her trade with Rhodesia. So I could not answer the question—

Orders of the Day — Rhodesia (15 Jun 1972)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I thought that my hon. Friend was going to give the factual position which I could not supply, but, in fact, he made the very point which I was about to make in my next sentence. I was going to say that the standards by which Commonwealth Africa judges Britain are different from the standards by which she judges other countries which she regards as foreign countries. We have a special...

Northern Ireland (12 Jun 1972)

Mr Nigel Fisher: The hon. Member for Belfast, West (Mr. Fitt) has made many highly controversial statements, but the House of Commons is none the worse for controversy, and I did not disagree with all that he said. I was surprised that he was so pessimistic, because I see as one optimistic feature in the situation the hon. Gentleman's co-operation with my right hon. Friend, as a result of the Governments...

Northern Ireland (12 Jun 1972)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Naturally I have not seen and could not have seen—

Northern Ireland (12 Jun 1972)

Mr Nigel Fisher: In accordance with our normal conventions I warned my right hon. Friend that I should be critical of his speech in this debate, but he did not send me the full speech and I had to rely on a newspaper report. If I have in any way misquoted anything that my right hon. Friend said, of course I withdraw it immediately, but as far as one could judge from the report in the Press the atmosphere of...

Northern Ireland (12 Jun 1972)

Mr Nigel Fisher: We must not continue with this argument. I have said that if I misquoted my right hon. Friend I would withdraw my statement. I promised that I should be short, and I do not want to enter into a great controversy on this issue. As one who has a real interest and stake in Northern Ireland, I beg my fellow Protestants in Ulster to believe in the good faith of British Ministers. I beg them to...


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