HC Deb 07 December 1959 vol 615 cc13-4
22. Mr. Pavitt

asked the Minister of Health what progress is being made by the Royal Commission on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration; and if he is yet able to state when its report may be expected.

The Minister of Health (Mr. Derek Walker-Smith)

I am informed that the Royal Commission has now reached an advanced stage in drafting its report and hopes to present it in February. 1960.

Mr. Pavitt

Does that mean that there will be no question of an interim award prior to the publication of the report in February, 1960? Will the Minister, with his colleagues, give consideration to representations in order that the Government shall deal expeditiously with the report once it is received by the House?

Mr. Walker-Smith

No request for a further interim increase has been received. The hon. Gentleman will be aware that there have already been two since the appointment of the Royal Commission. We shall, of course, hope to make the maximum speed compatible with full and thorough consultation in regard to these important matters.