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Pharmacies

Volume 401: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive Department for Health on the report from the Office of Fair Trading on the regulation of pharmacies. [103237]

[holding answer 17 March 2003]: There have been a number of discussions between this Department and the Scottish Executive Department for Health and Community Care, at Ministerial and official level.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with representatives of the pharmacy profession in Scotland on the Office of Fair Trading report on the regulation of pharmacies. [103285]

[holding answer 17 March 2003]: Representations have been made to the Department of Health and Community Care at the Scottish Executive. This Department has been made aware of the content of those representations and officials have attended meetings in Scotland to hear the concerns of the profession directly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to consult the Scottish Executive on the implications of the OFT report on pharmacists. [103178]

This Department is working co-operatively with health departments in all the devolved Administrations in considering the OFT report on Pharmacy entry controls.