§ Ms Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what guidance he has issued to hospitals as to the use of drugs after their use-by date;
(2) what evidence he has of hospitals using drugs which are past their use-by date; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Stewart
[holding answer 2 July 1993]: The Scottish Office Home and Health Department issued guidelines on safe and secure handling of medicines in October 1988 commending hospital staff to return all out-of-date drugs or medicines to the pharmacy for disposal. I have no evidence that this guidance has not been adhered to.