§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Minister of Health what action he is taking to encourage the increased use of gynaecological cytology in order to prevent the development of cancer of the cervix; how many cytological technicians are estimated to be employed in the hospital service; and what plans he has for increasing this number.
§ Mr. Powell
I would refer the hon. Member to my reply on 28th January to the hon. Member for St. Pancras, North (Mr. K. Robinson); I regret no estimate 3W can be made of the proportion of laboratory technicians' time applied to cytology.