§ Mr. Beith
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether the name of the doctor referred to in the recent trial at Newcastle Crown court of Nancy Elizabeth Purcell, as having supplied drugs to Mrs. Purcell for her to administer to another person whom he had not examined, has been disclosed to his Department; whether the name has been given to the appropriate family practitioner committee; and whether he will ensure that an investigation is carried out into the matter.
§ Dr. Vaughan
The doctor's name has not been disclosed either to the Department or to the family practitioner committee. The family practitioner committee is inquiring locally. My right hon. Friend cannot conduct an investigation because the doctor could have a right of appeal against an adverse local decision.