HC Deb 18 February 1947 vol 433 c166W
117. Sir J. Mellor

asked the Minister of Supply the production and consumption of penicillin in the United Kingdom in January; the amount imported and exported during that month; and why the Control of Penicillin (No. 1) Order, 1946, has not been revoked.

Mr. Leonard

225,387 mega units were produced and 85,000 exported. Figures of the quantities distributed to meet demand in January are not yet available, but we are satisfied that there is ample to meet all prescriptions. About 5 mega units were imported for experimental purposes. As regards the second part of the Question, I am advised by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health that penicillin should be used only under expert supervision, and at his request my right hon. Friend is retaining the Control Orders until such time as other arrangements can he made.