§ Mr. John Page
asked the Minister of Health whether he will give an estimate of the cost of the medical service given free under the National Health Service to overseas visitors who unexpectedly or due to accidents need hospital or other treatment; and whether, in view of the increasing burden on the British taxpayer, he will issue instructions forthwith that all such costs are to be charged to the visitors concerned.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
No. This would be contrary to the "Good Samaritan" policy in Great Britain, and in any event the small number of cases could not be identified or their treatment costs assessed and collected without disproportionate expenditure.