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Medicinal Preparations (Sugar)

Volume 465: debated on Monday 16 May 1949

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asked the Minister of Food on what basis sugar is allocated for the manufacture of medicinal preparations; what proportion this bears to the amount of sugar allocated for sugar confectionery; and whether he will arrange for an allocation of sugar to be made to manufacturers of medicines who have commenced business since 1939.

Sugar is allocated to manufacturers of medicinal preparations mainly as a percentage of usage during the year ended 30th June, 1939. Allocations fall into three groups:—

Per cent. of Datum
(a) Preparations made according to the British Pharmacopaeia or B.P. Codex135
(b) Non-B.P. preparations90
(c) Medicinal tablets and lozenges105
The total allocation of sugar amounts to 12,000 tons a year, which is about 6 per cent. of the allocation to the sugar confectionery industry. A quantity of sugar is available for allocation on the advice of the Ministry of Health to firms in the pharmaceutical trade who commenced business after 1939 or who desire to do so now.