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Dietary Supplements

EDM number 766 in 1991-92, proposed by Peter Hain on 27/02/1992.

That this House notes with great concern that a Council Directive of the European Commission is being prepared with a view to bringing dietary supplements (vitamins and minerals) under European legislative discipline; notes that in Britain dietary supplements come under food law and may be sold freely, whereas in most Community member states they are classified as medicines unless the dosage is very small, and may be sold only on prescription, through pharmacies, which is a highly restrictive practice and would be most unwelcome to British consumers; further notes that the Government's Denner Report on dietary supplements, which suggested that stricter controls were necessary because of doubts about safety, has been shown to contain numerous inaccuracies and misleading statements and has been accused of manipulating data; and calls for the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretary of State for Health to make a statement to the effect that no representations will be made to the EC on behalf of the United Kingdom Government in favour of reclassifying as medicines any products currently sold as food supplements.

This motion has been signed by a total of 27 MPs.

Peter Hain27/02/1992NeathProposed
Peter Hardy02/03/1992WentworthSigned
Robert Parry03/03/1992Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Terry Lewis03/03/1992WorsleySigned
Lawrence Cunliffe03/03/1992LeighSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie03/03/1992Glasgow, PollokSigned
Norman Godman03/03/1992Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Audrey Wise03/03/1992PrestonSigned
Alex Carlile04/03/1992MontgomerySigned
Jack Thompson04/03/1992WansbeckSigned
John Battle04/03/1992Leeds WestSigned
Ronnie Fearn04/03/1992SouthportSigned
Bob Cryer04/03/1992Bradford SouthSigned
Willie Ross05/03/1992East LondonderrySigned
Dennis Turner05/03/1992Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Tommy Graham05/03/1992Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Andrew Faulds05/03/1992Warley EastSigned
John Cummings05/03/1992EasingtonSigned
Bill Cash05/03/1992StaffordSigned
Alice Mahon05/03/1992HalifaxSigned
Barry Sheerman09/03/1992HuddersfieldSigned
Win Griffiths09/03/1992BridgendSigned
Donald Anderson09/03/1992Swansea EastSigned
Richard Body09/03/1992Holland with BostonSigned
Teddy Taylor09/03/1992Southend EastSigned
Dale Campbell-Savours12/03/1992WorkingtonSigned
Harry Cohen12/03/1992LeytonSigned

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