§ Mr. Ashley
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many cases of pest infestation in National Health Service hospitals have been reported in each of the last five years; and if he will ask regional health authorities to update their information and send him full details.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
Health authorities are not required to report cases of pest infestation. We are considering with regional health authorities what further action is needed to ensure that satisfactory hygiene standards are maintained in the National Health Service.