§ Mr. Alexander Fletcher
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of medicines and dispensable materials used in Health Service hospitals and medical centres in Scotland is imported; and what steps are being taken to find United Kingdom producers for these items.
§ Mr. Harry Ewing
Information about the extent to which imported medicines are used in NHS hospitals is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. As regards encouragement of home-produced alternatives, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him today by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services.