HC Deb 21 June 1972 vol 839 c453
11. Mr. Brewis

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will now grant powers under Section 41 of the Health Services Act, 1968, to executive councils to erect practice premises in remote areas out with the Highlands.

Mr. Monro

Executive councils may provide residential or practice accommodation for a family doctor only if they are authorised by my right hon. Friend in view of the special circumstances of a particular case. Such cases are not limited solely to the Highlands and Islands but arise only exceptionally outside that area.

Mr. Brewis

I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Is he aware that Kirkmaiden, or Maidenkirk, as it is sometimes called, is at the extreme end of Scotland from John o' Groats and, therefore, is remote? Is he prepared to be flexible in this matter and to consider again the representation from Galloway Executive Council?

Mr. Monro

Authority might be given if the circumstances can be shown to be sufficiently special. Areas like the Mull of Galloway and Whithorn will need careful consideration and I shall certainly give them that consideration.