HC Deb 18 April 1975 vol 890 cc941-2

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members


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?

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Oscar Murton)

That is not a matter for the Chair.

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.