HC Deb 18 January 1945 vol 407 cc382-3W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that an application made on 30th March, 1943, to the Directorate of Medical Supplies of the Ministry of Supply by a firm directed by a Doctor of Science of London University for materials and equipment for increased production of a new antiseptic was referred to his Department and refused on the grounds that the antiseptic for which the equipment was required was not essential for medical purposes; that a further application on 5th May, 1944, and 28th October, 1944, was similarly refused; and, as several London hospitals have investigated the product and are using it to their satisfaction, will he review his decision on this matter.

Mr. Willink

I am aware of the applications referred to in the Question. The substance of the advice given by my Department to the Ministry of Supply was that there was not sufficient evidence to substantiate the claims made for the preparation, and it was suggested that the firm should be asked for full evidence consisting of published statements by those who have carried out tests, together with the submission of samples. I understand that this advice was communicated to the applicants and their application will be again considered when the requisite evidence is forthcoming.

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