§ Order for Second Reading read.
§ Mr. John Page (Harrow, West)
I think that I heard the word "Object". This means that the Government are continuing to condemn 20,000 schoolchildren to unnecessary hospitalisation. Is it proper that this should be done?
§ The Minister of State, Department of Health and Social Security (Dr. David Owen)
A most serious allegation has been made about the Government's attitude, in my view quite improperly. This Bill was due for consideration. If it had come before the House, I would have explained that the Bill was not necessary since the powers required are available under the Medicines Act. There has already been extensive consultation on this matter, and—
§ Mr. Deputy Speaker
Order. This is a matter within the discretion of the Chair. Neither point is a point of order. I heard the word "Object". Objection taken.
§ Second Reading deferred till Friday next.