§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to review the safety and appropriateness of laser surgery to correct short sight. 
§ Mr. Milburn
The Department is consulting the Royal College of Ophthalmologists about this procedure, which is not available under the National Health Service but carried out in private clinics. The College has undertaken to provide information on complications and clinical standards. This will inform a judgment about the adequacy of the regulatory provisions currently available.