§ Miss Joan Lestor
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) whether he intends to implement the recommendation in the first report of the Maternity Services Advisory Committee that health authorities should establish local maternity services liaison committees with adequate representation of all groups to ensure integration between the specialist and community services;
(2) if he will implement the recommendation of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology working party on antenatal and intrapartum care, that standards of antenatal care should be the responsibility of a maternity services liaison committee; and if he will make a statement;
(3) whether he intends to implement recommendation 25 of the report on training for obstetrics and gynaecology for general practitioners by the joint working party of the Royal College of Obstetrics and the Royal College of General Practitioners, calling for maternity services liaison committees representative of all those providing maternity services to be established in all districts; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
In their reply to the second report of the Social Services Committee, which contained similar recommendations, the Government indicated that this was a matter for health authorities to consider. I am sure they will find the detailed comments in all three reports useful to them in deciding, with the professionals concerned, what precise arragements would be most effective in their own local circumstances.