HC Deb 13 July 1959 vol 609 c21
21. Mr. Blenkinsop

asked the Minister of Health whether he will now consider providing for the independent testing of new drugs, in view of the recommendation of the Hinchliffe Committee.

Mr. Walker-Smith

I am at present awaiting the views of the professional interest on this recommendation

Mr. Blenkinsop

Can the Minister say whether he has hopes of being able to make a statement on the matter fairly soon, as it is one which has been followed up by questions from this side of the House for some time and is of considerable importance?

Mr. Walker-Smith

Yes, Sir, of course it is a matter of importance, but it is not one on which, by its very nature, I can make any statement until I have received the views of the professional bodies which have been consulted, which comprise, in addition to the British Medical Association, the Royal Colleges.