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Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Health how much aureomycin was imported from the United States of America during the nine months period ended 30th September, 1950.

One hundred and forty thousand and seventy-five grammes, apart from small quantities for sample and trial purposes.

As I am sure the Minister knows that this is regarded by the medical profession as a life-saving drug in the case of bronchial diseases, how can the Government justify spending millions of dollars on importing tobacco while limiting the import of the drug?

I would urge hon. Members not always to believe everything they hear about every drug which is produced on the other side of the Atlantic.