§ Lord Warner
My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Dr Ladyman) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
The Government's response to the Health Committee's fourth report of Session 2002–03 on Provision of Maternity Services, the eighth report of Session 2002–03 on Inequalities in Access to Maternity Services, and the ninth report of Session 2002–03 on Choice in Maternity Services, Cm 6140, has been published today. Copies have been placed in the Library.
The Government recognise that women and their families currently benefit from high standard maternity services provided by dedicated and hardworking National Health Service staff.
The Government are committed to maintaining and building on the quality of maternity services by tackling inequalities as a matter of priority and promoting choice for all women and their families.