HC Deb 05 June 1990 vol 173 cc584-5W
Mr. David Nicholson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is his estimate of the number of overseas production sites supplying parallel imports of medicines to the United Kingdom market under licence from his Department; and how many such overseas sites have been inspected by the United Kingdom's medicines inspectors in each of the last five years.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

There are 143 overseas production sites currently listed on product licences for parallel imported medicinal products. Inspections of these sites carried out by United Kingdom medicines inspectors over the last five years are as follows:

Year No. Inspections
1989 7
1988 5
1987 5
1986 12
1985 1

Additional visits have been carried out on behalf of the United Kingdom by local inspectorates.

Income from land sales
District Health Authority 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89
Cambridge 160,890 178,271 2,809,500
Peterborough 146,250 72,000 387,499
West Suffolk 1,860,400 124,900 2,182,500
East Suffolk 736,723 945,582 2,310,460
Norwich 449,286 1,201,120 1,800,706
Great Yarmouth and Waveney 328,250 349,475 60,000
West Norfolk and Wisbech 220,503 419,838 1,013,150
Huntingdon 29,580 325,000 96,050

The figures given represent the total of sales within each district. The figures given for Norwich health authority therefore differ from those supplied on 26 April by my hon. Friend the then Paliamentary Under-Secretary of State at columns 293–94, which were restricted to sales of over £50,000.