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Private Clinics (Operations)

Volume 961: debated on Wednesday 24 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what criteria the Director General of Fair Trading operates in granting licences under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 to private clinics which offer operations on hire purchase; how many such licences have been granted; and if he is satisfied that patients are not being unduly induced into having treatment they do not need.

This is a matter for the Director General of Fair Trading. I am asking him to write to my hon. Friend.