HC Deb 13 July 1971 vol 821 cc202-3
21. Mr. Hunt

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether his Department is to be represented at the National Conference of the Family Planning Association to be held at the Royal Festival Hall from 20th to 22nd July on the rôle of family limitation, responsible parenthood and sex education.

Sir K. Joseph

Yes, Sir. Members of my Department will be present ; my chief medical officer will be participating ; and I shall address the conference myself.

Mr. Hunt

I warmly welcome my right hon. Friend's support for this conference, but is he aware that there has been a somewhat disappointing response from a number of local health authorities and hospital management committees, and will he agree that it is most desirable that public bodies such as these should identify themselves with the important work and aims of this conference?

Sir K. Joseph

I was not aware of a disappointing response. I hope that local authorities and hospital authorities are busily carrying out the enlarged programme which the Government are helping them to put into practice.