HC Deb 27 February 1990 vol 168 c126W
Mr. Tony Lloyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will give details of occasions when he has refused to meet delegations of regional hon. Members of a particular party affiliation;

(2) if he will make a statement on his decision to refuse to meet a delegation of Labour Members from the north-west to discuss the role of the chairman of the North Western regional health authority and health care in this region.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

My ministerial colleagues and I very rarely decline to meet delegations of hon. Members. On the occasion referred to by the hon. Member I declined because there had already been four meetings between Ministers and delegations of hon. Members from all parties from the north-west to discuss health care in the region in the two months either side of the hon. Member's request and I did not believe that any more could usefully be added to what had already been discussed. My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health had also met the hon. Member to discuss local health issues shortly after he wrote.

If the hon. Member wishes to bring a delegation of hon. Members to raise new points I or one of my colleagues would be willing to meet them.