HC Deb 01 April 1912 vol 36 cc1011-2W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that concessions are granted by the Inland Revenue authorities, enabling patent medicines to be retailed in small quantities, in such a manner as to lessen the revenue on these products; that this practice also facilitates the distribution of quack medicines to poor people; that such concessions give rise to prosecutions for spurious imitations; and whether he will take steps to put an end to the practice?


The hon. Member's question raises several points of considerable difficulty, both as to law and as to policy. I fear they cannot be adequately dealt with in reply to a question, but they might, I think, be appropriately considered by the proposed Select Committee on Patent Medicines. Perhaps the hon. Member will communicate with my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary on the subject.