§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he will meet a delegation from the community health councils for central and southern Liverpool, the rector of Liverpool parish church, and a cross-party group of hon. Members and local councillors to discuss the future of St. Paul's hospital, Liverpool;491W
(2) what representations he has received from the rector of Liverpool parish church concerning St. Paul's eye hospital; and if he will publish his response.
§ Mr. Dorrell
We have received from Canon Frayling a copy of the submission he made to Liverpool health authority. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has written to him explaining that under the procedure for consultation it would not be appropriate to comment while the matter is still under consideration by the Liverpool health authority and the Mersey regional health authority. For the same reason it would not be appropriate for my right hon. Friend to meet a delegation at this stage.