HC Deb 26 July 1905 vol 150 cc340-1

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the fact that the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain recently resolved that each of ten different articles should be declared a poison within the meaning of the Pharmacy Act, 1868, and that, in conformity with the Report of the Departmental Committee on Poisons, and the views of coroners and medical men, those ten articles included acetanalide, soluble salts of oxalic acid, and sulphonal, he will explain why these three articles were excluded from the list of poisons approved by the Lords of the Privy Council and advertised accordingly in the London Gazette of July 18th.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Akers-Douglas.) I have communicated on this matter with the Lord President of the Council, who informs me that the Lords of the Privy Council, after consideration of the substances covered by the terms of the resolution of the Pharmaceutical Society, and after taking expert advice upon the subject, decided, in the exercise of the discretion with which they are vested by Section 2 of The Pharmacy Act, 1868, to exclude from their approved list the three substances named in the Question.