To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to publish her decision on manpower in relation to the NHS Management Executive and regional health authorities.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State asked a team to review the functions and manpower needed by the national health service above the level of local health care purchasers and providers. We hope to receive the team's advice shortly. It is too early to say what the implications of the review are, or over what time scale decisions might be taken.