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Vitamin B6 Supplements

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 26 November 1997

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food which organisations dealing with the treatment of pre-menstrual tension have made recent representations in support of the restrictions on the retail sale of higher dose vitamin B6 supplements. [17218]

The only organisation dealing specifically with pre-menstrual tension which has made representations about dietary supplements containing vitamin B6 is PMS Help. It has expressed support for the controls that the Government intend to introduce.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has recently received in connection with the restrictions on the retail sale of higher dose vitamin B6 supplements from (a) Dr. Shrimpton, (b) Dr. Gaby and (c) Dr. Munro. [17208]

Dr. Shrimpton and Dr. Gaby were among those who attended a meeting that the Minister for Public Health and I had with representatives of industry and complementary medicine organisations on 23 July to discuss the Government's proposed controls on dietary supplements containing vitamin B6. They also met with officials from the Department earlier on the same day. We have subsequently received a number of letters from both Dr. Shrimpton and Dr. Gaby on the subject of the proposed controls.