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Health Bodies (Information Requests)

Volume 402: debated on Friday 4 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he has provided to strategic health authorities and primary care trusts regarding their requirement to reply to hon. Members who seek information from them; and what guidance he has given as to a reasonable amount of time before such replies are received. [105595]

Strategic heath authorities and primary care trusts are required to adhere to the standard national health service response time as outlined in section 6 (Response to Requests for Information) of the "Code of Practice on Openness in the NHS". A copy has been placed in the Library. An acknowledgement must be sent within four working days and, where possible, the information should follow within 20 days.