HC Deb 21 July 1982 vol 28 c166W
Mr. Field

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will place in the Library a copy of the advice which has been sent to Department of Employment managers warning staff not to take sympathetic action in support of National Health Service workers.

Mr. Waddington

Managers were instructed last week to report on any sympathetic action by their staff in connection with the present National Health Service dispute or any other dispute outside the Civil Service. Letters were issued to the very small proportion of Department of Employment group staff who had taken sympathetic industrial action on 23 June warning them that they would be liable to disciplinary proceedings if they took sympathetic action in future. It is not my practice to publish internal "management in confidence" or "staff in confidence" documents of this kind.