asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the criteria for determining whether a locality is considered a health deprived area for the purposes of assessing health centre priorities; whether one of the criteria is a minimum population figure; and. If so, what is the figure.
The national criteria used by health authorities for the selection of health centre schemes are those listed in my reply to the hon. Member on 25th March—[Vol. 889, c. 236–9]—which do not include a minimum population figure.