HC Deb 30 June 1971 vol 820 cc147-8W
Mr. Greville Janner

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what methods his Department is, and has been, examining to prevent the accidental poisoning of children by medicinal tablets; what conclusions have now been arrived at; when such examinations will be concluded; and what are his reasons for doubting that the best method of avoiding such poisoning lies in the provision of child-resistant containers.

Mr. Alison

My Department continues to keep under review and compare the available information about educational activities and various forms of packaging. We are considering whether any further studies would provide conclusive information. Our provisional conclusion on the evidence so far available is that child-resistant containers, though they would add appreciably to the cost of the National Health Service, would be unlikely to provide an adequate safeguard in actual use.