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Pharmaceutical Industry

Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 30 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what consultations he has had with the pharmaceutical industry about the export of its products.

My Department maintains close links with the pharmaceutical industry. We have an important interest in its exports which last year reached some £650 million—nearly 40 per cent. going to less developed countries. Our requirement that export certificates should bear the batch number of the medicine facilitates the maintenance of safety and quality controls over exported products.