§ Mr. Baron
To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his proposals for statutory regulation of herbal medicine and acupuncture will require health practitioners using the title acupuncturist but registered with existing statutory bodies to be subject to additional regulation if they wish to continue to use the title acupuncturist. 141W
§ Mr. Hutton
[holding answer 27 May 2004]: On 2 March the Department published proposals for the statutory regulation of herbal medicine and acupuncture practitioners. The consultation period closes on 7 June. We are aware of the interests of acupuncturists registered with existing statutory bodies and will consider their representations very carefully.