27. Mr. Robert Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what advice he has recently given to health boards and NHS trusts on permitting private medical insurance to include hospitals in advertising material.
§ Mr. Stewart
No advice about permitting private medical insurance companies to include hospitals in advertising material has been offered to health boards and NHS trusts, but in July 1991 the Department of Health224W wrote to all United Kingdom health insurers advising them of the statutory framework and management controls governing the conduct of private practice in NHS hospitals.