§ Mr. Milburn
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from royal colleges and other medical bodies about recruitment difficulties in certain specialties. 
§ Mr. Malone
The Department of Health has received representations through informal discussions with various royal colleges and from the national health service on particular specialties' difficulties in filling vacant posts.
Medical work force advisory groups have been asked to consider suitable action to ameliorate any shortages.