HC Deb 27 May 1963 vol 678 cc906-7
25. Sir B. Janner

asked the Minister of Health if he will state the name of the drug which turns brunettes into blondes; for what reason it is prescribed; and if he is satisfied it has no other side-effects.

Mr. Powell

These are clinical matters and as such are not within my responsibility.

Sir B. Janner

In the light of the subject matter of the Question, that is not a very colourful reply. Would the Minister say what is the name of this wonder drug and what, in fact, are its side-effects? Is he really going to ignore what is a very important matter—the effect of drugs which people are sometimes compelled to take without their knowledge?

Mr. Powell

It would be quite improper for me to specify the name or names of drugs which produce particular clinical affects or the reasons why drugs should be prescribed.

Mr. K. Robinson

Is the right hon. Gentleman really saying that to turn a brunette into a blonde is a clinical operation? I would have thought it was a cosmetic one.

Mr. Powell

I am asked the effect of a particular drug. It is not my business to indicate which drugs have what effects.