Arrangements for the transport of analgesia apparatus are the responsibility of the local health authorities, and they bear the cost with the usual Exchequer grant.
In view of the importance of this as a national question, will the Minister look into the way in which it is working out? For instance, is he aware that even in Central' London it has been known for a midwife to arrive on her bicycle to attend a case having been unable to bring the apparatus with her and having had to send an expectant father—in the usual state of collapse—on a two or three mile walk to fetch it?
Will the Parliamentary Secretary tell us more about this? In the Report of his Department it states that 91 per cent. of the midwives are taught administration. Can the hon. Gentleman say why 100 per cent. are not taught and whether those who are so taught are properly equipped?