HC Deb 06 July 1993 vol 228 c123W
Mr. Morley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been conducted on the likely effects of bovine somatotropin milk on diabetics; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Sackville

We are not aware of any research specifically on this subject.

All cows' milk contains IGF-1, an insulin-like growth factor. Administering artificially produced bovine somatotropin to dairy cows results in marginally increased levels of IGF-1 in their milk.

Prescribed items with a net ingredient cost of less than (a) 40 pence, (b) 60 pence, (c) 80 pence and (d). £1.00 dispensed by community pharmacists and appliance contractors in England in 1992.
(a) (b) (c) (d)
Net Ingredient Cost less than (pence) 40 60 80 100
Number of items dispensed (thousands) 32,690 49,753 61,449 73,937
Percentage of all prescribed items 8.5 12.9 15.9 19.1