HC Deb 07 February 1962 vol 653 c65W
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.