HC Deb 22 April 1947 vol 436 c89W
Mr. Bower

asked the President of the Board of Trade why 80 lb. of streptomycin was recently exported from this country to Bangkok when, on the same day, a child died in Belvedere Hospital, Glasgow, because this drug is so scarce that none could be spared from the nearest supply four miles away in the Glasgow Royal Hospital for Sick Children; and whether he will give an assurance that exports of this drug will not be made in the future if it means that there is no supply left for people in this country.

Sir S. Cripps

I have no knowledge of the export to which the hon. Member refers As regards the last part of the Question, I understand from my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health, that if the clinical trials now being conducted prove the efficacy of this drug, the needs of the people of this country will receive first consideration out of the available supplies.