While I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for keeping the door open, may I ask whether he is aware that it is nearly two years since the Parliamentary Medical Committee made some observations in connection with this, and more than a year since his predecessor announced to the House that a local practitioner had offered to act as honorary physician to the House? In view of the recent deaths of colleagues on both sides of the House, can he not proceed a little more constructively and quickly on this question?
I have indicated my view that cardiovascular arteriosclerotic disease may possibly be an occupational disease of M.Ps. However, I want to have more evidence of this, through the expert knowledge of my hon. Friend. If he gives me the expert evidence I will take advice upon this.
Whether we are placed in this special category does not really determine what disease we die from. I merely have my hon. Friend's expert view of this. As I said, if he can provide me with evidence to suggest that the worst is true, despite all that my hon. Friends and I think about it, then let him do it. He has to provide me with reasonable evidence before I take advice.