HC Deb 22 January 1974 vol 867 c254W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his estimate of the total cost of the four journals sent free of charge by drug companies to 20,165 general practitioners in England each week, the two others sent each fortnight, the 10 others sent each month, and the two others sent bi-monthly, and of the total expenditure on postage for the 7,640,000 packets mailed ; if this promotonal expenidture is itemised in the accounts which he negotiates upon in accordance with the Voluntary Price Regulation Scheme of the National Health Service ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir K. Joseph

The cost of these journals is not itemised separately in the returns rendered under the Voluntary Price Regulation Scheme and I cannot therefore give an estimate.

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