§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Minister of Health if he received an early warning of the increase of 10 per cent. in the price of insulin; if this increase is within the limit of Her Majesty's Government's prices and incomes policy; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
Insulin is not among the items to which early warning arrangements apply but I was notified of the proposed increase under the Voluntary Price Regulation Scheme for ethical medicines. I was satisfied that this increase, the first since 1950, was justified under the 81W Scheme and was consistent with prices policy.