§ Mr. Ashley
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will request the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry to inform him of the methods it uses to monitor the relationship between general practitioners and drug companies, and the marketing methods of companies.
§ Mr. Newton
No. The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry provides for complaints of breach of its code of practice to be received from any person. These are investigated by a committee whose chairman is an independent lawyer and the outcome is made available for publication.