§ Mr. Paul Marsden
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the Severn caseload scheme at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital; and what plans he has to expand the scheme across the country. 
§ Mr. Milburn
No assessment is planned at national level. The scheme will be independently evaluated locally and the findings will then inform local commissioning priorities.
One-to-one midwifery projects such as this are advocated as good practice in "Changing Childbirth", but their introduction is a matter for local commissioners.