§ Sir E. Keeling
asked the Minister of Health how many chemists have expressly accepted, how many are assumed by their silence to have accepted, and how many have refused his proposals which were conveyed in a circular from executive councils, namely, that payment for prescriptions dispensed in the four months ending on 31st May, 1952, should be made on the basis of costs during the four preceding months, plus 1.33 per cent.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
The numbers are 2,347, 2,212 and 8,573 respectively. The acceptances cannot be regarded as sufficiently representative of all contractors to enable the proposals to proceed.