§ Mr. Bayley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was her Department's response to the request from the Home Office to provide NHS hospital beds for nine Algerian and one Indian political asylum seekers who were on hunger strike at Campsfield detention centre in Oxfordshire in the first week in March; and for what reasons that response was given.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
Officials in the immigration department were advised that assessment of patient health care needs and appropriate hospital placement were matters for the local health authorities. Officials in the National Health Service Management Executive approached Oxford regional health authority to help identify suitable facilities in the region.