HC Deb 12 March 1997 vol 292 c266W
Mr. Simon Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is made in the Medicines Act 1968 and related legislation for public announcements by the Licensing Authority relating to drug safety in the absence of licensing action. [19322]

Mr. Malone

The functions of Health Ministers include taking appropriate action whenever public health issues arise. These responsibilities are long established as per the Ministry of Health Act 1919.