HC Deb 29 March 1971 vol 814 cc1121-2
2. Mr. Nicholas Edwards

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement about the provision of port medical facilities at Milford Haven.

The Minister of State, Welsh Office (Mr. David Gibson-Watt)

The port medical facilities at Milford Haven were discussed recently between the Port Health Authority and the Chief Medical Officer of the Welsh Office. I understand that further discussions are planned.

Mr. Edwards

Is my hon. Friend aware that the port medical officer of health cannot fulfil the obligations laid on him by the Public Health (Ships) Regulations, 1966, or by the World Health Organisation without the co-operation of the Welsh Hospital Board and his Department, and that there is disappointment at the result of the discussions to which he has referred? Will he assure the House that he will give this matter his earnest consideration?

Mr. Gibson-Watt

Yes, indeed. That was why I was able to say to my hon. Friend that further discussions are planned in the reasonably near future.