§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he expects the trust formed by the merging of the Maelor Hospital Trust and the Clwydian Community Trust to be operational; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Win Griffiths
If it is decided to proceed with the merger of the NHS trusts in this area, the new trust will become operational on 1 April 1999. However, this is subject to the outcome of the forthcoming public consultation exercise.