§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he intends to take to increase the powers of community health councils. 
§ Mr. Milburn
Community health councils have an important statutory role in representing the interests of the public in their districts in the National Health Service. We will be keeping this under review as we develop proposals for wider changes to the NHS which we will outline later this year in a White Paper on our plans to replace the internal market.