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Foreign Visitors (Medical Treatment)

Volume 984: debated on Friday 9 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects to complete his consideration of plans to change the present limited policy of providing health service treatment for foreign visitors to Great Britain; how many people he estimates would have to pay for treatment as a result who are currently receiving it free; how much it will cost to administer the new policy; how many extra staff will be needed; if he will list the changes proposed; what discussions he has had with ethnic minority groups on the proposed changes; and if he will make a statement.

I am not yet ready to add to the reply my right hon. Friend gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Preston, North (Mr. Atkins) on 4 February.—[Vol. 978, c. 70.]