Congestion Charge

Health written question – answered on 26th May 2005.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what discussions she has had with the Mayor of London regarding implications of the proposed westwards extension of the congestion charge for patients travelling from outside the zone's border to the Chelsea and Westminster hospital for treatment;

(2) what recent discussions she has had with the Mayor of London.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State, Department of Health

The Secretary of State has had no recent discussion with the Mayor of London. However, Professor Sue Atkinson, regional director of public health (London), is the Department's health advisor to the Mayor and the Greater London Authority. Professor Atkinson meets regularly with the Mayor and his advisers and has raised the proposed congestion charge zone extension with the Mayor at these meetings.

I understand the public consultation on the extension of the scheme is underway and closes on 15 July 2005.

A leaflet about public consultation on the extension is available at: www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/cc-ex/pdfs/wez_Leaflet.pdf

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