HC Deb 16 March 1989 vol 149 c328W
Mr. Hayes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will make an announcement regarding the appointment of a director for the Medicines Control Agency.

Mr. Mellor

The appointment of Dr. Keith H. Jones as the first director of the Medicines Control Agency was announced on 3 March 1989. A copy of the press release is in the Library. The agency will come into operation from 1 April 1989.

Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if it is Her Majesty's Government's policy to expand the provision of genito-urinary clinics; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mellor

I wrote to regional health authorities on 28 February announcing that for 1989–90 the Department was doubling the resources available to the National Health Service for the prevention of HIV infection and the provision of services related to HIV infection and AIDS from £58.6 to £129.5 million. In the letter I asked authorities to give particular prominence in the use of the extra money to substantial upgrading of genito-urinary medicine services.