§ 36. Mr. Manuel
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will state the number and location of health centres provided in Scotland since the passing of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act.
§ Mr. Manuel
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that successive Secretaries of State have fallen down very badly in 398 the provision of health centres throughout Scotland? Is he further aware that the National Health. Service (Scotland) Act places this duty plainly upon the shoulders of the Secretary of State and the Scottish Office? Will he inform the House whether he has any prepared scheme for these health centres for the future and, if not, why not?
§ Sir John MacLeod
Is my right hon. Friend aware how very unfair it is to people in the remote areas on the West Coast to have to pay all the transport charges to get to these centres? This causes great hardship. Could he meet their expenses to the centres?
§ Dr. Dickson Mabon
Is it not a fact that the Minister of Health intends in his plan to have 47 health centres for England and yet the Secretary of State has never published a plan to indicate what his future intentions are? Is it not reasonable for my hon. Friends to ask this question and for the Secretary of State to give us a reply?
§ Mr. Manuel
On a point of order. In view of the very unsatisfactory nature 399 of the reply, I beg to ask leave to raise the matter on the Adjournment at the earliest possible moment.