HC Deb 18 December 1995 vol 268 cc942-3W
Ms Lynne

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) if he will outline the consultation process that has been carried out in the review of the access committee for England, listing details of organisations and Government Departments that have been or will be formally consulted; [3011]

(2) if he will make a statement about his Department's plans for the continued funding of the access committee for England. [2915]

Mr. Burt

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health.

A working party comprising officials from the Department of Social Security, Department of Health and Department of the Environment is reviewing the committee's future. It is working closely with the committee itself and is also seeking the views of other Government Departments and interested organisations. The working party is expected to report shortly where upon Ministers will decide how to proceed.