Department of Health
Market Towers 1 Nine Elms Lane London SW8 5NQ
Telephone 0171-273 0600
Facsimile 0171- 273 0737 .
21 December 2000

Dear Mr Medawar,

As you may know, the Ombudsman has been in correspondence with the Permanent Secretary and the Agency about the complaint made on your behalf by Mr Richard Shepherd, MP. As a result of a recommendation by the Ombudsman the Agency has agreed that a copy of the original paper MCOO5 (the paper on Direct to Consumer Advertising considered by the Medicines Commission) should be disclosed subject to appropriate editing under exemption 2 of the Code. I now enclose a copy of that paper.

I am sending a copy of this reply, and enclosure, to the Permanent Secretary and to Mr David Reynolds at the Ombudsman's Office.

With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Yours sincerely
R.K. Alder
Head of Executive Support


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