§ Mrs. Dunwoody
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the length of the average working week for consultants in the National Health Service for each year since 1974.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The nature of a consultant's responsibilities are such that they cannot be discharged simply by working a particular number of hours. Consultants' contracts are therefore open-ended. No regular records of hours worked are maintained centrally. In a special survey by the Office of Manpower Economics in 1977, whole-time consultants reported working a total of 50.8 hours a week on average, including travelling time between hospitals.