HC Deb 08 June 1939 vol 348 cc634-5W
Mr. Wakefield

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the facts in a case heard in Dublin police court, on Thursday, 25th May, which indicates that a company with offices in London and Dublin, have been taking advantage of the provisions of the poisons legislation of Eire to sell freely to the public in Great Britain dangerous drugs, the sale of which is strictly controlled in this country; and to ask what steps he proposes to take to deal with this abuse?

Sir S. Hoare

Habit forming drugs which are within the scope of the Dangerous Drugs Act are subject to restriction whether sold in the United Kingdom or sent into the United Kingdom as the result of a sale effected outside the United Kingdom. But the Pharmacy and Poisons Act applies only to sales in this country, and in the case to which my hon. Friend refers the drug was one which is subject to the Pharmacy Act but not to the Dangerous Drugs Act. To control the importation of all substances which are subject to the Pharmacy Act would, I think, cause much inconvenience to legitimate trade, and experience hitherto does not suggest that legislation for this purpose would be warranted.