§ Mr. Rooker
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied with orthopaedic services in Birmingham area health authority hospitals; and if he will make a statement.222W
§ Dr. Vaughan
I am very much aware of the recent dispute affecting the catering service at the Royal Liverpool hospital. I understand, however, that catering staff are not at present taking industrial action. Although earlier an overtime ban was imposed, this has now been lifted to allow discussions to take place; a meeting between management and staff sides has been arranged for today. This is very much a matter for local resolution. In the circumstances I see no advantage in my establishing an inquiry, but I have asked that officials in the Department be kept in close touch with developments.