HC Deb 02 August 1904 vol 139 c518

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will consider the advisability of imposing some restrictions on the advertising of patent medicines, with a view to protecting persons of the poorer classes.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Akers-Douglas.) I am not sure what class of patent medicines my hon. friend has in mind. The question of legislation for the purpose of dealing with certain evils in this connection has been considered in my Department, but there are many difficulties in the way of framing a measure which would be satisfactory and neither inoperative nor too wide in its scope.