HC Deb 06 April 1950 vol 473 c1350
72. Mr. John Grimston

asked the Minister of Health why special instructions have been given to the officers of His Majesty's Customs to prevent the private importation of streptomycin.

Mr. Bevan

No substance to which the Therapeutic Substances Act, 1925, applies may be imported except under licence of my Department. No licences to import streptomycin are being issued as British supplies are adequate for all home requirements, with a margin for export.

Mr. Grimston

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that if a person wishes to import this stuff on his own account, out of his own private funds, it is evidence that the supply is not sufficient? Would he not consent to permission to import being granted?

Mr. Bevan

It is not evidence that the supply is inadequate. It may be evidence that the person himself is misinformed. If the hon. Member will bring to my attention the case of any person unable to obtain streptomycin produced in Great Britain I will take immediate action.

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