§ Mr. Arnold Shaw
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT her estimate of the total amount spent in the last year to a convenient date by the National Health Service under contracts placed centrally or by hospital authorities on each of the following drugs: halo-thane, Chlorpromazine, ampicillin, cloxacillin, tetracycline, methicillin, phenethicillin, sodium diatrizoate, fusidic acid, hydrocortisone, sodium succinate Inj., together with her estimate of the amount by which the current year's spending on these ten medicines will exceed the 1964 figure of £1,990,000.
§ Dr. Owen,
pursuant to his reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, 20th June 1974] circulated the following information:
Estimate of expenditure for the year ended March 1974, under contracts placed centrally and by hospital authorities. £ Halothane 700,000 Chlorpromazine 150,000 Tetracycline 84,000 Hydrocortisone Sodium Succinate Inj. 52,000 Ampicillin 2,100.000 Cloxacillin 770,000 Methicillin 14,000 Phenethicillin 8,000 Sodium diatrizoate 112,000 Fusidic Acid 420,000 Total 4,410,000
Information on which to base an estimate of the current year's expenditure is not yet available.