§ Mr. MacShane
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps health authority managers are taking to encourage general practitioner commissioning groups. 
§ Mr. Malone
Health authorities are well aware of the need to involve all general practitioners in purchasing decisions for their patients. This was clearly set out in EL(94)79. It is restated as a medium-term priority in the priorities and planning guidance (EL(95)68), copies of which are available in the Library.