§ Mr. Beggs
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many manufacturers supplied one litre bottles of sterile water for irrigation to the National Health Service during each of the years 1975 to 1984 inclusive;
(2) what has been the average price paid by the National Health Service for a one litre bottle of sterile water for irrigation for each of the years 1975 to 1984 inclusive;
(3) what has been the average price paid by the National Health Service for a 500m1 bag of dextrose injection 5 per cent. for each of the years from 1975 to 1984 inclusive.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
Arrangements for the supply of intravenous fluids are made on a regional basis by health authorities and we do not collect detailed local information centrally. The Health Service Supply Council issued guidance to authorities on these supply arrangements in 115W 1983 and the council will be revising this guidance in the light of inquiries it is carrying out into current market conditions.