§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
I have had no direct representations from manufacturers, but two hon. Members have written to me. I understand that three manufacturers of intravenous fluids have since made representations to the Health Service supply council, which is responsible for National Health Service supplies policy, claiming that a competitor is underpricing its products. The council has found no reason to amend the advice it gave to health authorities in 1983 about contracting for these fluids. I understand too that one firm has made a reference to the Director General of the Office of Fair Trading.