§ Mr. Flynn
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which 10 developing countries received the greatest quantities of medicinal drug donations from United Kingdom companies and charities for(a) emergency relief and (b) general medicinal use in 1996–97; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what estimate she has made of the number of tonnes of medicinal drugs donated to developing countries (a) directly by pharmaceutical companies and (b) via charities each year for (i) emergency relief and (ii) general medicinal use; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) what estimate he has made of the total numbers of charitable organisations and commercial bodies which donate medicinal drugs to (a) the Baltic states, (b) Haiti, (c) Africa and (d) Romania. 423W
§ Mr. Flynn
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the World Health Organisations's guidelines on drug donations; and what proposals he has to improve them; 
(2) what plans he has to implement the World Health Organisation's guidelines on drug donations to third world and former eastern bloc countries. 
§ Ms Jowell
The Government supports the World Health Organisations's Guidelines for drug donations, which were published in May 1996. These give advice to both donating and recipient member states on safety, quality, and labelling. The United Kingdom pharmaceutical industry is aware of the WHO guidelines. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain also provides similar guidance to its members on redirection of medicines overseas.
The UK currently holds the chair of the WHO's Drugs Action Programme Management Advisory Committee which regularly reviews progress on implementation of the guidelines and assess the need for improvements.