HC Deb 21 March 1972 vol 833 cc297-8W
Dame Irene Ward

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will implement without delay the recommendations of the Tunbridge Committee relating to training and the provision of integrated departments;

(2) whether, in view of the Tunbridge Committee's comment on the low salaries of members of the remedial professions, he will provide a new structure which is sufficiently attractive to compete with comparable professions and attract recruits necessary for sustaining the remedial professions.

Sir K. Joseph

As my hon. Friend will know, it was agreed that this committee should submit a brief statement of its views covering the whole field over which its deliberations had ranged. As a result, its statement covers some matters which are not for me. Much of what is said in respect of training falls within the competence of the Council for the Professions Supplementary to Medicine, while matters relating to pay and career structure fall within the purview of the Whitley Council. For my part, I am proposing in the first instance to call a conference with the professions in the near future to discuss ways in which we can make progress on other matters.