HC Deb 26 July 1983 vol 46 c1040
14. Mr. Lennox-Boyd

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to change the rule whereby a general practitioner cannot obtain reimbursement for the costs of employing his wife on his ancillary staff.

Mr. John Patten

No, Sir. Some general practitioners already receive an allowance under the related ancillary staff scheme to help with the cost of employing dependant relatives.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Does my hon. Friend agree that there is still an anomaly here, for example when a GP seeks to employ his wife for clerical work? Does he agree that it would be possible at least to relieve that anomaly without creating sources of possible abuse?

Mr. Patten

I am glad that my hon. Friend recognises the problem of abuse and that it must be carefully watched. I understand that representatives of the profession will engage in further discussions with my Department on the issue in the near future.