§ Mr. Jessel
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement concerning his policy relating to the retention of small local hospitals.
§ Dr. Vaughan
I refer my hon. Friend to the replies I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. McCrindle) on 11 June 1979 and my hon. Friends the Members for Rutland 571W and Stamford (Mr. Lewis) and for Christchurch and Lymington (Mr. Adley) on 26 June 1979.—[Vol. 968, c. 95; Vol. 969, c. 115.]