§ Mr. Spearing
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will name the studies on which she has based her predictions as to the future patterns of pharmaceutical retail outlets subsequent to implementation of her proposals for a new pattern of payment to their proprietors.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
Community pharmacists are independent commercial businesses: it is for them to determine their development strategies. Through our proposals, the Government will ensure that patients continue to enjoy reasonable access to a local pharmacy.