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The Parliamentary
Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration
Millbank Tower, Millbank, London SW1P 4QP
Switchboard 0171 217 3000, Fax 0171 217 4000, Direct Line 0171 217 4084


Mr Richard Shepherd MP
House of Commons
London SW1A OAA

18 May 1999

Dear Mr. Shepherd,

I wrote to you on 18 May about the investigation of Mr Medawar's complaint against the Medicines Control Agency. As that was nearly three months ago, I thought I should let you know the current position.

Mr Medawar may have told you that that MCA wrote to him on 18 June with the outcome of their review of some of his longstanding information requests; and we have noted the ensuing exchanges of correspondence between them. The Commissioner sent a copy of his proposed investigation report to the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health on 27 July asking for comments as quickly as possible. We are now waiting for a reply.

Once again, all I can do is apologise to you and Mr Medawar for the continuing delay and thank you both for your continuing patience.

Yours sincerely,
Miss Jane R Binstead
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