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Nhs (Food Sales)

Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to prevent food products purchased by national health service institutions at special trade terms from being resold at discounted prices.

No. Since the passing of the Health and Medicines Act (1988), national health organisations have been allowed to sell goods and services at a profit to the private sector. The Government have made it clear to health authorities in the White Paper and follow-up guidelines that they should seek opportunities for sensible income generation as one way of increasing funds

substantial research programme into the effects of radon. A total of £4·7 million was committed by the Department of Health to the NRPB in 1989–90. The Department together with the Department of Environment, the NRPB and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, is funding a research project entitled "A Study into the Effects of Radon in Houses" at the cancer epidemiology unit, Oxford. Total Government funding for the study, until the end of the financial year 1989–90, was nearly £88,000 of which £31,355 was provided by the Department of Health.