28. Mr. Tom Ellis
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether the help of the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service has been sought in the dispute between registrars of births, marriages and deaths and the employers' side of the National Joint Council.
§ Mr. Waddington
Since the dispute started on 5 May 1981 ACAS has initiated a number of separate meetings with the parties, but these have not led to sufficient 83W common ground being found to make a joint meeting possible. ACAS continues to maintain contact with the parties.