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Pharmaceuticals

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the effect on (a) jobs and (b) the balance of payments if producers of oxycodone formulations move the manufacture of these formulations to the Republic of Ireland from the UK; whether it is his understanding that the Republic of Ireland would permit the import of oxycodone hydrochloride raw material from qualified producers in the US; and if he will make a statement. (89896)

[holding answer 9 October 2006]: No such estimates have been made. Importation practice in other territories is a matter for their authorities.