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Written Answers

Volume 326: debated on Wednesday 15 December 1971

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Written Answers

Health Authority Boundaries

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether their attention has been drawn to the letter about the Bath Clinical Area of the National Health Service which appeared in

The Times on December 11.

Yes. It is the Government's intention that the administrative boundaries of the new area health authorities that are set up when the National Health Service is reorganised should be the same as those of the new non-metropolitan counties, such as Avon and Wiltshire, which are established under the Local Government Bill now before Parliament. But administrative boundaries will not be barriers to the treatment of patients. General practitioners will be free to refer their patients, for general as well as specialised hospital services, to hospitals situated in different areas. This will continue present practice. There is thus no ground whatsoever for the fear that the new administrative boundaries will distort the working of the National Health Service or oblige patients to travel long distances for health services.

Peers' Expenses Allowance

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will make a statement on the rate of Peers' expenses allowance.

My Lords, the Government have decided that the rate of Peers' daily expenses allowance should be raised from the present level of £6·50 to £8· 50. This new rate will be effective from January 1, 1972. I will, therefore, move the necessary Resolution in this House to-morrow, Thursday, December 16.House adjourned at seven minutes past nine o'clock.