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Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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11.2 pm

I wish to present a petition on behalf of many hundreds of my constituents who want to preserve their local pharmacies and safeguard the services that they provide to the local communities that I represent. I am delighted that a Health Minister is present to hear the petition.

The petition states:

The Petition of the residents of Wilmslow, Nether Alderley, Northwich, Barnton, Alderley Edge and the surrounding areas

Declares that they urge the Government to reject the Office of Fair Trading proposals that would allow unrestricted opening of pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions.

The Petitioners therefore request the House of Commons to call on the Government to preserve local pharmacies and safeguard their continued services to local communities.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.