HC Deb 16 June 1925 vol 185 cc306-7W

asked the Minister of Health whether in respect of the issuing of certificates to enable masters of vessels to replenish their supplies of drugs scheduled under the Dangerous Drugs Act, 1930, the forms necessary for granting certificates will be drawn up in such a manner as to be fully understood by the masters of foreign vessels; and whether more adequate arrangements will be made by the Ministry to facilitate the detection of concealed drugs upon foreign vessels entering the various ports of the United Kingdom?


I have been asked to answer this question. I do not know what forms my hon. Friend has in mind. The regulation does not prescribe the use of any form. Under the regulation all that the master has to do is to apply to the port medical officer and the medical officer is authorised to give him a certificate for such quantity as may be needed until the ship next reaches its home port. If any difficulty has arisen within my hon. Friend's knowledge perhaps he will communicate with me. The second part of the question refers to the Customs administration. I have no reason whatever for supposing the present arrangements to be inadequate.