HC Deb 18 February 1992 vol 204 c106W
15. Mr. Turner

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the system of extra-contractual referrals as a means of ensuring patient choice and general practitioner freedom of referral.

Mr. Waldegrave

I am satisfied that extra contractual referrals are working effectively in dealing with smaller patient flows. Expenditure on extra contractual referrals is running in line with plan.