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Veterinary Services: Prescriptions

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he plans to extend the prohibition on veterinary surgeons charging for prescriptions when it expires in October 2008. (202765)

[holding answer 1 May 2008]: The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will be monitoring developments closely once the three year prohibition on prescription charges for veterinary medicines end in October 2008. It is a matter for the OFT to consider whether any farther regulatory action may be needed to ensure effective competition in this market.