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Local Pharmacies

Volume 285: debated on Thursday 21 November 1996

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7.14 pm

I have the pleasure of presenting a petition on behalf of some 13,000 residents of London, a substantial number of whom are residents of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. It draws to the House's attention the problems that will face local pharmacies if the Government go ahead with some of the changes that have been suggested by the Office of Fair Trading.

The petition
Declares that we the undersigned note that the Office of Fair Trading is considering the future of over the counter medicines and record our concern about the future viability of local pharmacies which are a much valued community asset. The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons takes no action which might jeopardise the future of our local chemists.

To lie upon the Table.