§ 20. Mr. Livingstone
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is his policy on the sale of human placenta by National Health Service hospitals.
§ Mr. Freeman
There is a long-standing arrangement under which health authorities can make available 483W placenta to a commercial organisation. I understand this is used for therapeutic purposes (for example the manufacture of albumen and gamma globulin) and that a small handling charge is paid to participating health authorities to cover storage costs.