§ Mr. Llwyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the position of the ambulance service in Wales in relation to the citizens charter; what is the response time expected for an emergency call; what arrangements have been made for monitoring the speed of response to emergency calls; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
The patients charter requires that an emergency ambulance should arrive within 14 minutes in an urban area, 18 minutes within a rural area or 21 minutes within a sparsely populated area. In Wales these response times are expected to be met in 95 per cent. of calls. Performance is monitored quarterly and the target is being met for Wales.