HC Deb 20 June 1995 vol 262 c176W
Mr. McMaster

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what monitoring his Department undertakes of the overseas export of temazepam; if his Department checks the licences of those who export the drug; what measures are in place to ensure that export licences of buyers in the medical/drug industry are legitimate; if his Department monitors the drug shipment after it has been purchased and until it reaches the foreign destination; and if he will make a statement. [29248]

Mr. Michael Forsyth

I have been asked to reply.

There are no statutory controls on the export of temazepam, but companies have been warned to be on their guard for suspicious orders. Records from exporters are examined annually with information of amounts and destinations being passed to the International Narcotics Control Board. The details of any suspicious transactions are passed to the INCB and the authorities in the receiving country. Manufacturers and wholesalers require an operating authority. They are carefully vetted and inspected.