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Health Services: Reform

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to section 4.6 of the Ministerial Code, on how many occasions (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have made representations on behalf of constituents over health service reconfigurations in their capacity as constituency MPs in each year since 1997. (118133)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and other Ministers in the Department have regularly made representations on behalf of their constituents to their ministerial colleagues. These have been on a wide range of health-related issues which might include proposed service changes in their constituency.

In accordance with section 4.6 of the Ministerial Code, Ministers are free to make clear their views on matters affecting their parliamentary constituency to the relevant Minister provided they make clear that they are acting as their constituents’ representative and not as a Minister.