HC Deb 28 November 1946 vol 430 c1772
76. Mr. Somerville Hastings

asked the Minister of Health whether he will give an assurance that the statement in the summary of the proposed National Health Service, Cmd. 6761, to the effect that all the service or any part of it is to be available to everyone in England and Wales is still the intention of the Government and that he is taking steps to carry it out.

Mr. Bevan

Yes, Sir. But it is no longer the intention of the Government only, but of Parliament, and is embodied in the National Health Service Act. The preparatory work now in hand to bring the Act into operation is therefore based on the principle to which my hon. Friend refers.