HC Deb 30 April 1999 vol 330 c283W
Mrs. Organ

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps the Government are taking to ensure that the introduction of the Princess Diana Memorial Nursing Service does not harm the fundraising efforts of charities already providing community outreach nursing services for children with life threatening illnesses; [82277]

(2) what steps he plans to take to emphasise the distinction between the activities of the Princess of Wales Memorial Committee and the charitable activities of the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund; [82278]

(3) what representations from other medical charities he has received concerning the introduction of the Princess Diana Memorial Nursing Service. [82279]

Mr. Hutton

Diana Children's Community Nursing Teams are funded by the Government to provide care and support in the home for children with life threatening illnesses and their families. The teams do not depend upon public subscription and will not impact upon the fundraising activities of charities already active in this area—who have welcomed this initiative for the additional resources it brings to this small but extremely vulnerable group of children. The distinction to be made between the Memorial Committee, which was formed to consider ways in which the Government might commemorate the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Memorial Fund, which is a charitable foundation with its own trustees, has been expressed throughout discussions within the Committee and repeated in communications with the media.