HC Deb 22 March 1937 vol 321 cc2717-8

Order for Second Reading read.

11.55 p.m.

The Minister of Health (Sir Kingsley Wood)

I beg to move, "That the Bill be now read a Second time."

This Bill raises no questions of policy or principle. It is virtually a drafting Amendment to a Section of the National Health Insurance Act, 1936, which prescribes the class of persons entitled to undertake the dispensing of medicine under the Act. Section 41 of the Act describes these persons by a reference to their rights under the Pharmacy and Poisons Act to use the title of chemists and druggists. It has been found that these words do not meet the case of corporate bodies, and it is to enable these corporate bodies, employing qualified chemists, to participate in the insurance scheme that the Bill has been introduced.

Question put, and agreed to.

Bill read a Second time.

Bill committed to a Committee of the Whole House for To-morrow.—[Captain Margesson.]