HC Deb 28 April 1976 vol 910 cc107-8W
Mr. Patrick Jenkin

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement about his recent visit to Czechoslovakia.

Mr. Ennals

I visited Czechoslovakia between 22nd and 24th April in order to sign a health co-operation agreement and to discuss health matters of mutual interest. That part of the agreement which makes provision for health care for temporary visitors to each country will come into force on 24th May. I shall be publishing the detailed arrange- ments before that date. The agreement also provides for two-year programmes of co-operation on such matters as exchanges of information and medical specialists. A Czechoslovak delegation will be visiting this country shortly to discuss the first two-year programme. My visit provided a valuable opportunity to exchange ideas on health matters, and to further relations in this field between our two countries.