HC Deb 26 July 1984 vol 64 cc1230-1
14. Rev. Martin Smyth

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to enable expenses to be paid to trainee doctors for Northern Ireland removing to other parts of the United Kingdom comparable to those payable in Great Britain under the Whitley agreements.

Mr. Chris Patten

These expenses are a matter for the Great Britain Health Departments and the general council of the Whitley councils for the health services in Great Britain.

Rev. Martin Smyth

Will the Minister make representations to his colleagues in Great Britain to ensure that the same facilities apply to trainee doctors travelling here from Northern Ireland?

Mr. Patten

I know the concern felt by the hon. Gentleman and others on that issue. I shall certainly speak to my right hon. Friend. I hope that the hon. Gentleman will also get in touch with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services, not least so that the Whitley council can be aware of the anxiety in Northern Ireland about the matter.