HC Deb 20 March 1989 vol 149 c718
5. Dr. Marek

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give (a) the number and (b) the locations of consultants in immunopathology in Wales.

Mr. Wyn Roberts

There are no consultants in Wales whose main specialty is immunopathology. There are a number of consultant pathologists who have an interest in immunopathology but information on them is not held centrally.

Dr. Marek

Does the Minister acknowledge that there are people in Wales suffering from immuno-deficiencies but that they are not well served? What plans does he have to improve the service?

Mr. Roberts

Perhaps I should confirm to the hon. Gentleman that while there is no consultant in Wales whose main specialty is immunopathology, none has been asked for by any of the authorities. I believe that the hon. Gentleman is referring to the AIDS problem, and I can tell him that about £2.5 million has been spent on AIDS-related programmes in Wales since 1985–86. We plan to spend about £1.7 million supporting such activities in the coming year.