§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out for each NHS trust the(a) status, (b) number of staff and (c) budget of its Patient Advice and Liaison Service. 
§ Ms Rosie Winterton
A recent mapping exercise completed in January 2003 showed that 98 per cent. of all trusts had a Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) in place. Individual trusts are responsible for 1013W establishing and resourcing PALS. The Department does not hold details of the number of staff working within individual trust PALS or their budgets.