HC Deb 07 April 1952 vol 498 cc192-4W
107. Mr. Tilney

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies which countries have applied to the Government of Hong Kong for the issue of essential supply certificates for pharmaceutical products; for which products such certificates have been applied for; and which applications have been granted.

Mr. Lyttelton

Applications for such certificates are not made to the Government of Hong Kong by the Governments of countries from which the drugs are supplied, but by importers in Hong Kong.

Such certificates have been issued by the Government of Hong Kong in respect of imports from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

In the United Kingdom such certificates are required for anti-biotics, sulphonamides, and anti-malarials. For imports from the other countries mentioned, certificates have been issued for anti-biotics, sulphonamides, anti-malarials, vaccines and certain other specialised drugs.

The Hong Kong Government grant essential supply certificates for the drugs mentioned above in such quantities as are required for local consumption.