HC Deb 10 June 1982 vol 25 cc157-8W
Mr. Parry

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received from regional and area health authorities concerning the dispute over Health Service staff wages; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

We have received a number of letters from district health authorities expressing their concern that a satisfactory resolution to the current dispute should be found soon. None have made any suggestions about the possible sources of finance for any improved offer. Responsibility for the conduct of pay negotiations in the National Health Service rests with the management sides of Whitley councils rather than with health authorities. The chairmen of regional health authorities meet Ministers regularly to discuss current issues and have been kept closely in touch during the current round of pay negotiations.