HC Deb 26 April 1990 vol 171 cc301-2W
Ms. Walley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement of the Government's position on making Antarctica a nature reserve free of mineral exploration.

Mr. Maude

We remain totally committed to the protection of the Antarctica environment and support current proposals to introduce comprehensive measures to enhance environmental protection. We do not, however, home district health authority, except for out-patient attendances at accident and emergency departments. Regional health authorities will have discretion to take account of local circumstances in making allocations to district health authorities, including where relevant exceptional demands imposed on A and E departments by tourism.