HC Deb 11 April 1927 vol 205 cc35-6
75. Lieut.-Colonel FREMANTLE

asked the Home Secretary what traders, if any, interested in the sale of poisons by licence, or otherwise, are represented on the Committee now sitting to investigate the working of the Poisons and Pharmacy Acts; and when the Report of the Committee may be expected?

Captain KING

I have been asked by the Lord President of the Council, who appointed the Committee, to say that traders engaged in the sale of poisons, both by wholesale and retail, are represented on the Committee. I am unable to say when the Report of the Committee may be expected.

Lieut.-Colonel FREMANTLE

Can my hon. and gallant Friend tell me if the Reports of proceedings that are being issued in certain trade journals are authorised, and if they are not authorised what action can be taken to prevent their being published?

Captain KING

I require notice of that question.

Viscountess ASTOR

Is whisky considered a poison in this connection, considering how many people die of the effects of it?

Captain KING

I do not think they die of whisky poison in this country.