HC Deb 02 November 1916 vol 86 c1814
33. Mr. WATT

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Committee to be set up by him to consider the question of selling cocaine to unregistered dentists is to consist of Members of this House or is simply to be a Departmental Committee of the Home Office?


I propose that the Committee should be a Departmental Committee, consisting partly of Members of this House and partly of other persons with special qualifications, but with no bias either on the one side or the other. A Member of the House would be chairman. I hope to be able to complete and announce the appointment of the Committee this week.


Are we to understand that those "other persons" will not be men from his Department, who have been persistently advising him how to deal with-the cocaine supply?


I am not contemplating, putting any member of the Home Office-on the Committee.