§ Dr. Kim Howells
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if funds are to be made available to help specialist hospitals to meet the costs of installing and operating pulse dye lasers to help cure disfiguring facial birthmarks.
§ Mr. Freeman
Health authorities are free to purchase equipment of this kind from their cash allocations. At present pulse dye lasers are more costly than argon lasers but this situation can be expected to change significantly in the next year or two as this new technology develops.