§ 16. Mrs. McCurley
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the level of resources being channelled towards preventive and primary health care for women in Scotland.
§ Mr. John MacKay
My noble Friend the Minister of State announced on 25 February that £1 million would be made available in 1987–88 to enable a start to be made in Scotland on the implementation of the Forrest report on breast cancer screening. We are considering at present a report about the cervical cancer screening service in Scotland.
The Scottish Health Education Group has a number of programmes directed towards the needs of women. Its "Well Women" booklets are distributed to individuals, self-help and community groups and its "Book of the Child" is distributed to expectant and nursing mothers. The family practitioner and community health services provide, inter alia, advice and treatment on maternal and child health and family planning: in neither case, however, is it possible to identify the level of resources devoted specifically to women.