Mr David Gibson-Watt: Yes, and I assure my hon. Friend that the steps being taken between the hospital board and consultants in and around Barry will help this problem.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: Almost 9,000. The replies have said that the Welsh Hospital Board is, in the first place, responsible for the planning of hospital services in Wales and that the board hopes to publish its proposals for the Llanelli Hospital later this year.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: There are various factors, particularly the need to plan a hospital service in Swansea and the surrounding areas, which have held up the isolated planning for the development of the Llanelli Hospital. I can assure the hon. Gentleman, however, that the planning is going ahead as quickly as possible, and I shall not overlook it myself.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. This is a problem of long standing. I was very glad to receive a deputation from his hon. Friend and representatives from Llanelli. I assure the right hon. Gentleman and his hon. Friend that we are not delaying any longer than necessary.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: So far as I can ascertain, there has been only one case of aerial crop spraying on 60 acres of potatoes in the area this year. This took place at Sealand on 21st July.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: The Ministry of Agriculture has looked very carefully into the cases which the hon. Gentleman has raised. I was not aware of the effect of human ill health. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will write to me about it. I was aware of the donkeys which were affected, and it was discovered that they did not suffer permanent damage to health.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: Complete information in the form requested is not readily available. I will, with permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT details of a limited survey carried out by the district council at my request.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I could not at short notice give the hon. Gentleman that assurance. I merely remind him that the 1968 Act sought to deal with the backlog of consents by providing that they could lapse if they were not taken up within five years. With regard to the provision of land, I draw attention to the fact that the Gower Rural District Council has itself made a positive contribution in this matter by...
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am sure that my right hon. and learned Friend heard what the right hon. Gentleman said.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: An application by Caernarvon Borough Council for planning permission to construct a bridge was referred to my right hon. and learned Friend by the Caernarvon County Council as one involving a substantial departure from the approved development plan. On 28th July, my right hon. and learned Friend issued a direction to the county council requiring it to refer the application to him for...
Mr David Gibson-Watt: This is a quite long story and I should be happy to speak at length to the right hon. Gentleman about it. All I can say now is that as there is to be a public local inquiry it is impossible to say when any decision will definitely be given.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: Housing authorities, including development corporations, will be responsible for publishing provisional assessments of the fair rents of their dwellings. Every tenant has a right to make representations to his authority against the provisional assessments within two months of their publication. The corporation has already notified all tenants of these procedures.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I cannot accept everything that the hon. Gentleman has said. The development corporation will in the first instance provisionally assess the fair rents to be charged. Tenants will be able to make representations to the corporation, which may then reassess the rent or confirm it as previously assessed. The corporation must, within four months of publishing its original provisional assessments,...
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I think that this matter was discussed in considerable detail in the Committee of which the hon. Gentleman had experience.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am currently considering a proposal from the Welsh Hospital Board to continue the outpatient facilities at the Amy Evans Memorial Clinic instead of transferring them to Barry Accident Hospital as originally proposed. I will inform my hon. Friend as soon as a decision has been taken.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: Plans for the new out-patients' chest department at Llandough are well advanced, but it is too early to forecast a date for completion of the full out-patient facilities.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: Local authority and other associations are currently being consulted about the issue of a circular inviting local authorities and health authorities to set up informal joint liaison committees to prepare for the change-over and about the first recommendations of a joint working party dealing with collaboration after 1974.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am aware of the problem raised by the hon. Gentleman but I could not agree to delaying the matter for 12 months. I hope that the joint liaison committees will be able to start work in the autumn, and the Welsh Office will assist in inaugurating them and will give guidance as needed.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I note what the hon. Gentleman says. I am sure there will be an opportunity. He will also agree that it is common sense for the Welsh Office to work out this proposal and help the various authorities concerned so as to lead to discussions in the joint liaison committees on the future of the National Health Service.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: Decisions have not yet been taken. The Welsh Hospital Board will shortly consult locally about hospital provision in the area consequential on the building of the new hospital at Gurnos.