§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he was consulted in his capacity as a member of the licensing authority prior to the issuing of a letter dated 18 October 1995 relating to oral contraceptives containing desogestrel and gestodene. 
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
[holding answer 25 April 1996]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Minister for Health on 25 April, Official Report, column 281, stating that disclosure of such information would be in breach of long-established convention.