§ Mr. David Nicholson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are his estimates of the yield of the discount clawback levy imposed from 1 May 1988 on community pharmacists in respect of the assumed trade in parallel imports of pharmaceuticals.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
The most recent month for which information is available is July 1989. We estimate that in the period between May 1988 and July 1989 some £7 million has been recovered from pharmacies in England in respect of discounts obtained on parallel imports.