§ Mr. Alfred Morris
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the organisations which have made protests to his Department about Health Circular HC(80)11; what general and detailed criticisms they have made; and if he will now withdraw the circular.
§ Dr. Vaughan
A wide range of comments have been made, mainly concerned that fund raising by the NHS might make it more difficult for voluntary organisations to raise their own funds. This is an important matter, but we believe these fears are unnecessary. The opportunities under section 5 of the Health Services Act 1980 are intended to supplement and support the work of existing voluntary groups. We wish to see voluntary groups extending not reducing their range. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has discussed this with me a number of times, and the right hon. Gentleman will be pleased to know that we have agreed a further guidance note to the health authorities, which will be issued shortly. This will stress the need for the authorities to consult and work closely with local groups.