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New Left Review I/23, January-February 1964


The Which report on contraceptives represents a serious and courageous investigation of an industry which, protected by the prejudice and hypocrisy of official attitudes, has developed almost without any kind of public control.

The industry is dominated by one firm—London Rubber Industries. To give just one illustration of this dominance, the eight most widely sold brands of condom—by far the most widely used form of contraceptive method in this country—are all manufactured by this firm; in fact, only one other British manufacturer of condoms was actually identified at all by the investigators although at least 88 brands are on the market.

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