HC Deb 27 February 1973 vol 851 cc314-5W
46. Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Employment why he has refused to take action to secure arbitration in the dispute which has existed for nearly three years between the staff side of the joint negotiating committee appointed by the British Medical Association and the management side appointed by the Secretary of State for Social Services regarding adequate insurance cover for young doctors who may die from hepatitis contracted in a renal dialysis unit.

Mr. Chichester-Clark

Section 2 of the Industrial Courts Act 1919 empowers my right hon. Friend to refer a trade dispute to arbitration only at the request of both parties. I would refer the hon. Member to the reply my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services gave to the hon. Member for Norwich, South (Dr. Stuttaford) on 13th February.—[Vol. 850, c.296.]