§ Mr. Carter-Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give the number of complaints and adverse representations he has received about the supply in Northern Ireland of oxygen from hospitals, domiciliary patients, general practitioners, dispensing chemists, professional organisations and others over the past three years; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
No complaints or adverse representations have been received about the current arrangements for the supply of oxygen. However, since the announcement earlier this year by the Department of Health and Social Security of its intention to secure a cost-effective oxygen service for the future, five representations have been received from hon. Members on behalf of their pharmacist constituents in Northern Ireland, supporting the continued involvement of pharmacists in the service.