§ 20. Mr. Fisher
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will announce the composition of the Medicines Commission.
§ Mr. Fisher
Would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that it has taken an extraordinarily long time to set up the Commission—I think, over a year? Can he say how soon it will be in operation, when the expert committees will be appointed and when we can expect the regulations arising out of the Act?
§ Mr. Crossman
I would accept the adjective "extraordinary". It is extraordinary, but there has been an extraordinarily complicated series of consultations. I did not know that one had to consult so many people about one committee. However, the consultations have been completed. I think that I shall be able to issue some of the invitations in the next week or two and that in late November or early December we will be able to have the first meeting of the Commission. It has, however, taken an unconscionably long time to get it done.
§ Mr. Maurice Macmillan
Can the Secretary of State give any information about the regulations under the Act, to which my hon. Friend referred?
§ Mr. Macmillan
My hon. Friend asked whether the Secretary of State had any idea when the regulations under the Act would be forthcoming.
§ Mr. Crossman
When the regulations come into effect will depend partly upon how speedily the Commission gets going, but I hope that immediately we get the 751 Commission actually functioning, we will get the regulations as well.