§ Mr. Carter-Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish in the Official Report or other publication an annual progress report on the actions taken and the developments which follow such action by the area health authorities with the highest perinatal mortality and handicap rates in Wales.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
Health authorities in Wales are fully aware of their responsibility to reduce perinatal mortality and handicap. The Welsh Office keeps itself informed of practices and initiatives of the health authorities by the regular contacts of senior staff members. However, authorities are not required by my Department to make periodic formal submissions and I have no plans to publish an annual progress report.