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Volume 982: debated on Thursday 17 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is yet able to make an announcement about his proposal for revising the methods of controlling clinical trials of new drugs under the Medicines Act.

My Department is today issuing to interested organisations a consultation letter, as required by section 129 of the Medicines Act,

details of the occupations or industries of those persons whose death attracted awards of industrial death benefit in 1977, 1978 and 1979.

The only information available relates to industries and is set out below. The figures for 1979 are not yet available.describing these proposals and inviting comment within the next two months. I have arranged for a copy of the consultation letter to be placed in the Library. The purpose of the proposals is, without endangering the safety of patients, to speed up the development of beneficial new drugs.