§ Mr. Alfred Morris
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made as to the adequacy of stocks of influenza vaccine for the coming winter months; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Sackville
The Government are making every effort to ensure the adequacy of stocks of influenza vaccine for the forthcoming winter, and is being assisted in this by the vaccine manufacturers. Supplies already issued this year are close to the level reached for the entire programme last year and further supplies are likely to be available shortly. However, it is essential that the vaccines that are used routinely have been licensed by the Medicines Control Agency and have met recognised standards for potency and purity.