§ Mrs. Castle
asked the Minister of Health how many registered pharmaceutical chemists and how many dispensing points there were in England and Wales in 1961, 1962 and 1963, respectively.
§ Mr. Braine
The numbers of pharmaceutical chemists on the register of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 1961, 1962 and 1963 were 28,575, 28,847 and 28,963 respectively. Separate figures for England and Wales are not available. The numbers of chemists shops, drug stores and appliance suppliers in contract under the National Health Service in England and Wales were 15,681, 15,468 and 15,208. There are also dispensing points at hospitals, doctors' surgeries and elsewhere.