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Volume 414: debated on Thursday 18 October 1945

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asked the Minister of Supply and of Aircraft Production if he is now in a position to take steps to increase the production of penicillin, with a view to its greater use among all grades of medical practitioners in diseases in which its use in alleviating suffering and effecting cure has been proved.

Steps have already been taken to increase materially the production of penicillin. New factories are under construction which, together with those now working, will provide sufficient penicillin to meet all foreseeable requirements. I am in touch with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health with a view to penicillin, as soon as supplies permit, being made more widely available for use by doctors in those cases where experience indicates the need for its use.