§ The Countess of Mar
asked Her Majesty's Government:
When the Departments of Health and Social Security notes pesticide Poisoning for the guidance of medical practitioners were first issued, what was their circulation, and why and when they have been withdrawn from HMSO.
§ Baroness Cumberlege
The bookpesticide Poisoning—Notes for the guidance of medical practitioners was published in 1983 by Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) for the then Department of Health and Social Security. Copies are available in the Library. It was prepared by the Medical Committee of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides and the Toxicological Committee of the British Agrochemicals Association Limited and updated a book published in 1969 titled Poisonous Chemicals on Farms and Gardens—Notes for the guidance of medical practitioners.
The Department of Health and Social Security arranged for the 1983 publication to be sent to all doctors in general practice and to all hospital accident and emergency departments. HMSO put the book on sale and the department's stationery store held a stock from which to meet requests from hospitals and medical practitioners in the future. I understand that HMSO are now out of stock and have not ordered a reprint as a revision is being prepared. The department holds a small stock and can provide copies of the current book to doctors or hospitals if required.