§ Dr. David Owen
asked the Minister of Health how many trained economists and statisticians he has in his Department; how many of these are employed part-time or full-time on studying alternative methods of financing the National Health Service through additions, or extensions, of the existing system of charging; and to what extent his contingency planning on charges takes account of the social and economic consequences.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
Nine, none of whom is employed on studies of the kind my hon. Friend mentions. In considering the part to be played by charges their social and economic consequences are taken fully into account.