§ 23. Mr. Carmichael
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has yet authorised the hospital management committee for the Sick Children's Hospital, Glasgow, to provide pay beds for child patients ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Edward Taylor
My right hon. Friend is considering the case which has just been presented to him and he will let the hon. Gentleman know his decision in due course.
§ Mr. Carmichael
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I hope that when his right hon. Friend considers this he will realise that this would be the first such departure in a children's hospital outside Great Ormond Street? Is he aware that for a famous hospital to do this would be to introduce two standards of treatment for children.
I do not believe that that would be a problem. The hon. Gentleman has made representations on this matter and my right hon. Friend will pay-careful attention to them before he maker a decision.