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Volume 405: debated on Monday 12 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to what extent the findings of her Departments review of the OFT Report recommendations on pharmacies will apply in Scotland. [112783]

The regulations determining control of entry restrictions are devolved in Scotland and a matter for their Ministers. The Scottish Executive announced their response on 26 March to the OFT report regarding the current control arrangements for NHS pharmacy contracts.In relation to England, the Government will come forward with a balanced package of proposals for consultation before the summer recess.