§ 79. Mr. Pavitt
asked the Minister of Defence to what extent the central purchase of drugs by the Minister of Health has been used by the medical departments of the Services; and what has been the estimated amount of saving for one year.
§ Mr. Watkinson
Approximately 97 per cent. of the drugs purchased by the medical departments of the Services have been obtained through standing contracts arranged by the Ministry of Health at a total annual cost of £849,800. The estimated annual saving, compared with purchase from the trade at normal wholesale prices, is about £250,000.