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Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of all the professional publications his Department has provided to national health service doctors containing advice about drug prescribing, together with any departmental cover letters sent with such documents;(2) if he will list the specific circulars, documents and advice notes issued by his Department over the past 10 years in respect of

(a) over-prescribing and (b) under-prescribing; and if he will place copies of all such documents in the Library.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply given to him by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Department of Health on 16 July. The same range of publications is provided to national health service doctors in Wales at an annual cost to the Welsh Office of around £180,000. Copies of the documents referred to are already in the Library.