§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average number of weeks it takes a patient in the United Kingdom to see a specialist in the national health service; what is the comparable amount of time it takes for a citizen of (i) Germany, (ii) the United States of America and (iii) Japan; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Sackville
This information is not collected centrally. Information relating to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is a matter for my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Wales and for Scotland and my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.