§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what assessment he intends to conduct in 732W respect of cancer risks emanating from the use of the sponge device in girls under the age of 16 years who do not obtain contraceptives through a doctor.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
None. When the Committee on Dental and Surgical Materials recommended the granting of a licence for the spermicidal sponge, "Today", they took account of all the available evidence and were satisfied as to the safety of this product for the proposed use. The spermicide in the sponge is also used in a number of other licensed contraceptive products.