§ Mrs. Dunwoody
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he intends to reply to the application for a grant from the organisation Streetwise; and what research has been undertaken by his Department into homelessness and the extent to which the AIDS virus is being spread by male prostitutes.
§ Mr. Newton
A preliminary discussion has taken place with Streetwise and a further meeting with officials has been arranged to discuss their grant application. The Department is not supporting any research into the extent to which the AIDS virus is being spread by male prostitutes.
The following studies into homelessness have been funded by the Department:
CompletedHomeless newcomers to London 1974–1976Evaluation of the Great Chapel Street Medical Centre 1978–1981Evaluation of the Plymouth Night Shelter 1982–1985
In progressEvaluation of pilot schemes for the delivery of primary health care to the homeless.
§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, in future publicity about AIDS, he will emphasise that condoms are available free at family planning clinics.
§ Mr. John MacKay
I have been asked to reply.
There is no scheme to compensate those who allegedly suffer adverse effects as a result of medical treatment. Negligence established by the courts is the basis of liability for most medical injuries; and compensation may be awarded by the courts in cases where negligence has been proved.