HC Deb 19 February 1948 vol 447 cc1307-8
3. Mr. Hardy

asked the Minister of Health when he will be in a position to tell this House and the Association of Optical Practitioners the conditions of service provided for the optical profession in the new Health Service due to operate from 5th July this year.

7. Lord Willoughby de Eresby

asked the Minister of Health when he proposes to announce the terms under which the optical practitioners will be asked to enter the new National Health Service.

Mr. Bevan

An announcement will be made as soon as discussions with the representative bodies are concluded, but I cannot say yet when that will be.

Commander Galbraith

Does that mean that hitherto negotiations have not been completed; and, if so, could the right hon. Gentleman say how he could possibly support the recent Resolution on the Health Service?

Mr. Bevan

Negotiations are continuing. If the hon. and gallant Member looks at the recent Resolution he will see that there is no conflict.