Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the evidential basis was for the request to pharmaceutical companies to increase stocks of medicines by six weeks in August 2018; and what recent estimate he has made of the length of time that there will be border disruption in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Six weeks is the current cross-Government planning assumption that the Department is using as the basis for our contingency plans but will of course be subject to revision in light of future developments.

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