I shall look very carefully into what my hon. Friend says. I am advised that for long journeys over water fixed-wing aircraft are to be preferred. Such aircraft are already available for ambulance flights from airfields and airstrips. Because of the cost, it is not possible at present to provide routine ambulance services by helicopter over land.
§ Mr. Maclennan
Is the Minister aware that in many districts of the Highlands the normal ambulance services are extremely unsuitable for sick people, although they may not be regarded as emergency cases? It is not satisfactory over narrow, single-track roads, which are often very crowded in the summer, to rely on normal road transport.
I shall bear very much in mind what the hon. Gentleman has said. We have aircraft already available for ambulance flights from airfields and airstrips, but I shall look further into this point.