HC Deb 01 April 1957 vol 568 cc13-4
20. Mr. P. Wells

asked the Minister of Health if he will take action to obtain amending legislation to provide for direct representation from local authorities on hospital management committees.

Mr. Vosper

I do not contemplate any amending legislation of this nature, but regional hospital boards consult local health authorities and I have always been in favour of consultation with other local authorities concerned where practicable.

Mr. Wells

In view of the growing concern among local authorities in regard to this matter, will the Minister favourably consider receiving a deputation from the Borough and Urban District Councils' Association?

Mr. Vosper

This matter was, of course, considered by the Guillebaud Committee, which recommended in favour of the present procedure; but I will most certainly receive a deputation.