§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on his recent advice to health authorities concerning car loans for district nurses and midwives.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
Health authorities have been asked, when considering requests for discretionary loans for car purchase, to take into account the availability to applicants of loans on reasonable terms from non-National Health Service sources, several of which have indicated their willingness to lend to NHS staff on special terms. As existing loans are repaid a substantial proportion of the £11.5 million currently involved should be spent on services to patients, rather than used to grant new loans.