HC Deb 22 November 1991 vol 199 cc330-1W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of Health, pursuant to his answer, of 14 November,Official Report, column 656, to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill what action he intends to take against the British Pregnancy Advisory Service over its advertisements appearing in Cosmopolitan magazine, which circulates outside the United Kingdom.

Mr. Virginia Bottomley

I understand that the magazine in question is printed and published in the United Kingdom. As with other magazines in the United Kingdom base, a very small proportion of copies, in this case well under 10 per cent., are sent overseas. We are satisfied that the form of the advertisement in question is not directed at persons overseas. There has been a recent European court decision about the advertisement of abortion services and we shall be examining it to see if it has any implication for our condition of approval.

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