HC Deb 21 May 1973 vol 857 c2W
Mr. Rowlands

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is his estimate of the number of general practitioners in Wales who employ part-time people to deputise for them at night and at weekends.

Mr. Peter Thomas

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the use of commercial deputising services. Such a service operates in Cardiff, Newport and Cwmbran and 129 practitioners make some use of it, mainly at weekends.