HC Deb 08 February 1965 vol 706 c15W
79. Sir B. Janner

asked the Minister of Health what saving will result to the National Health Service as a result of the legal decision about the right of his Department to buy drugs for hospitals from unpatented sources.

Mr. K. Robinson

Current contracts for patented drugs, involving the use of my powers under section 46(1) of the Patents Act, 1949, result in a gross saving to the National Health Service of about £1 million in one year. Royalties which have still to be settled will reduce this to some extent.