§ Mr. Neil Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he proposes that pharmacists on the proposed new pharmacy practices sub-committees and appeal bodies therefrom should give guidance only but have no vote upon applications.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
I am not proposing change of any kind in the composition or voting arrangements for pharmacy practices sub-committees. However, after careful consideration of points raised by hon. Members during proceedings on the NHS (Amendment) Bill, I intend that pharmacists should retain membership of the bodies which will consider any appeals from pharmacy practices subcommittees in order to give guidance and advice but without a power to vote. I also intend that the membership of these appelate bodies should be drawn from a national list approved by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services. I expect similar arrangements to apply to Scotland and Wales.