HC Deb 08 February 1995 vol 254 c272W
Mr. Illsley To ask the

Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make it her policy that the grant of a licence for the establishment of a pharmacy is conditional upon the establishment of such a pharmacy within a specified time scale;

(2) what plans she has to prevent companies from holding licences for the establishment of pharmacies which they do not intend to use.

Mr. Malone

Under the provisions of the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 1992, as amended, a pharmacy which is given permission to open must do so within six months of permission being granted. A family health services authority, or on appeal, the family health services appeal unit, may extend this period, up to a maximum of 24 months from the date of the original grant, if it considers there is good cause for so doing.