Hospitals (Dyfed Powys)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th February 1997.

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Photo of Mr Gwilym Jones Mr Gwilym Jones , Cardiff North 12:00 am, 17th February 1997

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. In line with our previous promises, we have consistently increased spending on the health service in Wales by exactly the figure that he quotes. His researches are correct and to the point. We have continued to give that pledge: we have said that throughout the next Parliament we shall continue to increase spending on the health service in real terms each year.

My hon. Friend is absolutely right to draw attention to the ominous silence from the Labour Benches. Labour Members have made no response to match our commitment. We can only suspect that all their spending pledges—not least the Welsh Assembly—will be paid for by taking money from the health service in Wales.