§ Mr. Gordon Brown
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he has investigated the capital and revenue costs of nuclear magnetic resonance equipment, with a view to it being used in National Health Service hospitals.
§ Mr. John Patten
[pursuant to his reply, 6 December 1983, c. 142]: The effectiveness of nuclear magnetic resonance equipment is at present being assessed in four university medical departments, and technical specifications and prices of commercially available equipment are not yet settled. We shall consider in due course what advice to give health authorities about the equipment.