HC Deb 07 December 1949 vol 470 cc1858-9
23. Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what extent the supply of sulphurtone to the leper colonies in Malaya is being maintained; and if he is satisfied that the amount sent is sufficient to meet their requirements.

Mr. Rees-Williams

The Government of the Federation of Malaya have ordered from the Crown Agents this year, and been supplied with, one million tablets of sulphetrone and 100 k.g. of sulphetrone powder. There is no shortage and orders can be promptly delivered. I have no reason to think the quantity ordered, and sent, is insufficient.

Mr. Awbery

Has medical science discovered a more effective method of treating leprosy, and if so, would my hon. Friend consider the use of the new method against the sulphurtone methods adopted up to the present time?

Mr. Rees-Williams

I have no expert knowledge about this, but I will inquire from our medical advisers whether any better method is known.

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