§ 21. Mr. Brittan
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what consultations she has had with the medical profession about extending the number of places in medical schools for the coming year.
§ Dr. Owen
The views of the medical profession were sought when the present expansion programme was planned. In addition, officers of my Department regularly meet with the Medical Sub-Committee of the University Grants Committee to discuss implementation of this programme, and I have twice met the Chairman of the Committee to discuss160W these issues. I and my right hon. Friend have made it clear that we regard continued expansion of medical school intake as extremely important.