HC Deb 17 November 1981 vol 13 cc108-9W
Dr. Roger Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will consider setting up an investigation into the usage of powerful beta-blocking drugs on such occasions as examinations when a false sense of calmness is apparently produced.

Dr. Vaughan

No. Beta-blocking drugs are available on prescription only, and some are licensed for the treatment of anxiety. Their usage for this purpose is a matter for the clinical judgment of doctors.