§ Mr. Martyn Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methods his Department is considering for the reduction of junior doctors' hours; what advice it is giving to local medical work force advisory groups and New Deal task forces in this respect; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Milburn
The National Health Service Executive issued an Executive letter to trusts, health authorities, task forces and local medical workforce advisory groups in January (EL(97)2). The Executive also published a draft consultation document, "A Working Draft to Develop the Quality Framework for Hospital and Community Health Services Medical and Dental Staffing", in April. Both documents (copies of which are available in the Library) contain the current guidance on action to reduce junior doctors' hours. Options for further action will be reviewed over the coming months.